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Expanded Recommended Age Range for Colorectal Cancer Screening

New recommendation is 45 to 75 years of age

Earlier in 2021, Tufts Health Plan expanded the recommended age range of members who should be screened for colorectal cancer, which is now 45 to 75 years of age. This is an expanded age range from the previously recommended 50 to 75 years of age.

If you are in the 45 to 75 years of age range, you may have received an email or text from us about this update. We encourage you to reach out to your primary care provider (PCP) about your screening options to determine which test is best for you.

Tufts Health Plan reminds you that you have access to Cologuard®, an effective at-home colorectal cancer screening option. Cologuard is non-invasive and involves collecting a stool sample at home and mailing it to a lab. Cologuard is one of several tests for colorectal cancer – others, such as colonoscopy, are in-person and performed at a medical facility.

  1. On most plans, preventive care is covered in full. This means that you pay no copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for preventive care. You may receive non-preventive services during a routine visit that do require a copayment, coinsurance or deductible. If you have any questions, regarding whether a specific service is considered preventive, please check your benefit document or call Tufts Health Plan member services at the number listed on your member ID card.