WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met this week with members of the American College of Gastroenterology, including Dr. Costas Kefalas of Akron.

“I’m so pleased to meet Ohio physicians who are dedicated to finding solutions for the detection and treatment of GI disorders,” said Brown. “Their important work can help individuals with GI disorders improve their health and well-being.”

ACG is comprised of 12,500 physicians internationally. The organization aims to improve digestive health and the treatment of GI disorders.

Dr. Keflas is also the president of the Digestive Disease National Coalition and presented Brown with an award for his work to improve digestive health outcomes, including his work to improve access to colorectal cancer screenings.

In March, Brown introduced the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, which would revise a Medicare policy that currently charges seniors for colonoscopies when a polyp is removed even though cancer screenings are promoted as a free service under Medicare. The bill would eliminate cost-sharing under Medicare for preventive screening colonoscopies, even if a polyp or tissue is removed. As two-thirds of colorectal cancers occur in Medicare-aged individuals, reducing barriers to screenings will improve care and health outcomes while saving money for both seniors and the Medicare program.