FRIDAY, December 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) – Diagnosis and treatment for young people with colon cancer improved under a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Young people up to 26 years of age are covered under parental insurance, the researchers report.
They analyzed the results of nearly 2,000 U.S. patients ages 19 to 25 diagnosed with colon cancer from 2007 to 2013. The ACA provision (also known as Obamacare) came into effect in 2010. .
These patients were compared to more than 8,000 patients aged 27 to 34 who were diagnosed with colon cancer in the same period.
Patients aged 19 to 25 who have had stage 2B-3C colon cancer surgery are 34% more likely to receive chemotherapy after the parent's insurance policy goes into effect.
In addition, the average time from surgery to chemotherapy in this age group decreased by seven days, from 57.4 days to 50.4 days, during the study period.
There was no change in the comparison group.
According to research by the American Cancer Society, patients between the ages of 19 and 25 are too young to be eligible for routine colon cancer screening, so the findings may reflect accessibility to care. Improvements allow for timely evaluation of early symptoms. It was published on December 19 in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
"Our results are important for young people diagnosed with colorectal cancer who may experience disruption in their coverage …