Physicians from Huntington Memorial Hospital recently met with Rep. Judy
Chu (CA-27), urging our local congresswoman to support Medicare funding
for lung cancer screenings. Studies have shown that such screenings could
save an estimated 14,000 lives each year among Medicare beneficiaries.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) private insurers will begin covering
the screening at no cost to patients. The ACA does not specify that Medicare
must do so.
"Lung cancer screenings with low dose CT scans has been proven to
lower cancer mortality in patients with a history of heavy cigarette smoking,”
said Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for the
thoracic oncology program at Huntington Hospital. “Unless the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Services acts soon, patients with private insurance will be covered for
lung cancer screenings, but Medicare patients won't. We wanted to
work with Congresswoman Chu to ensure that Medicare patients are covered
for this potentially life-saving program.”
Under Dr. Cohen’s leadership the Lung Cancer Program at Huntington
Hospital has grown to be recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive
programs of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area.