On April 30, Governor Dan McKee of Rhode Island signed legislation that will eliminate cost sharing for prostate cancer screening. The bill, named in honor of State Senator Maryellen Goodwin who is currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer, will increase access to screening for both prostate and colorectal cancers by removing financial barriers.
“We are thrilled to see our ZERO Cost to Prostate Cancer Screening initiative catching on across the country. By eliminating unnecessary barriers to diagnosis, we’ll improve the lives of men and their loved ones,” said Alison Manson, ZERO’s Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy. “We look forward to working with our partners in RI to raise awareness of this benefit and save the lives of Rhode Islanders.”
Under the new benefit, men in Rhode Island will not pay any out of pocket costs for prostate cancer screening received from an in-network provider beginning on January 1, 2022. Rhode Island joins New York and Maryland as the only other states that have passed similar legislation.
About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support, and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community. From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections, and take action to save lives. Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer. ZERO is recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. ZERO spends more on programs than any other prostate cancer charity, dedicating 85 cents of every dollar to support, education, and research.