Kentucky Insurance Companies now Required to Pay for Screening Virtual Colonoscopy

The 2008 Kentucky General Assembly has passed legislation requiring Kentucky commercial insurance companies to pay for Screening Virtual Colonoscopies just as they would for any colon cancer screening test approved by the American Cancer Society. Medicare and Medicaid do not yet do so, however strong pressure is being applied to do so.

Virtual Colonoscopy is recommended every 5 years for people 50 and older. For people at high risk, starting earlier and repeating more frequently may be appropriate.

Lexington Diagnostic Center and OPEN MRI was the first in Lexington to perform virtual CT colonoscopy and has been doing so since 2004.

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