FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q01: Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer?

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. However, it is also one of the most easily preventable cancers with regular screening and curable with early detection.

Q02:Who should get colorectal cancer screening?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that both men and women begin screening for colon cancer beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. Please visit the USPSTF website for more details on colon cancer screening guidelines.

Q03: Am I eligible for the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program?

  • You are 50 years of age and older - The FFHP focuses on clients between the ages of 50-64, however clients over 64 are also eligible.
  • Younger individuals may qualify if they have a first degree family history of colon cancer
  • You must be an Arizona resident to enroll in the program.
  • You are uninsured.
  • Your yearly income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
  • You have NOT had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years or a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in the last year.
  • You do NOT have ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.

For more details on eligibility, please see the FFHP Eligibility page.

Q04: What services are covered through the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program?

  • FIT Test
  • Consultation Appointments (relating to colon cancer screening)
  • Diagnostic Services - if the results of your FIT test are positive or if you have a first degree family history of colon cancer
  • Referral for treatment

Q05: How do I schedule a screening or find a screening facility near me?

Please call and speak with one of our knowledgeable patient navigators to schedule a screening and to answer any questions you may have relating to the screening process. If diagnostic testing is needed, you will be assigned a case manager to assist you with scheduling, prescription needs and more.

To schedule a screening please see the Program Locations page to find a facility nearest you or call 1-866-227-6044.

Please note that all appointments and follow-up appointments must be scheduled through the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program in order to be paid for by the program.

Q06: I have questions on how to use the FIT test?

Please contact your patient navigator, download the FIT test instructionsPDF or visit the InSure FIT website for additional information.

Q07: What happens if I have a positive FIT test?

The FIT test detects the presence of human blood in stool. There are many gastrointestinal conditions that may cause blood in stool, apart from colon cancer. If you receive a positive test result, more testing and evaluation is necessary and follow-up with a colonoscopy will be scheduled. Your patient navigator will work with you to schedule your colonoscopy.

For additional information on the FIT test, please visit the InSure FIT website.

Q08: What happens if I have a negative FIT test?

If you have a negative FIT test, it means that no blood was detected in the stool sample you submitted. The FIT test detects only blood from the lower GI tract where polyps and colorectal cancer develop, and has a demonstrated a sensitivity for colorectal cancer of 87% and a specificity of 98%. Therefore if you have a negative FIT test the possibility of you having colon cancer is very low. If you have a negative FIT test, you are not eligible for a colonoscopy through the FFHP and but remain eligible for annual FIT tests.

For additional information on the FIT test, please visit the InSure FIT website.

Q09: What happens if I am diagnosed with colorectal cancer?

The FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program will assist you in finding low cost or no cost treatment services. Through the Colon Cancer Alliance and the profits from the annual Undy 5000, we are able to assist with enrollment into the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. As long as funds are available, we will be able to pay the premiums for this insurance coverage which will cover your treatment. When your treatment has ended, your premiums will no longer be covered by these funds.

If you don't have insurance and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may qualify for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan through

Q10: Are the consent forms that I sign at enrollment valid from year to year?

No, the consent forms are valid for one year. New consent forms must be signed every year.

Q11: Who do I contact if I need to cancel or reschedule my colonoscopy?

Please contact the provider and reschedule your colonoscopy, then contact your FFHP patient navigator with your rescheduled appointment date. Please discuss any appointment changes with the FFHP staff at the facility where you are seeking care. Please make sure the FFHP staff are always aware of all of your scheduled appointment dates.

Q12: What do I do if I receive an invoice for FFHP covered services?

Please contact the FFHP staff at the facility where you enrolled in the program if you receive any bills. Although some providers send patient's copies of the invoices, this is not the practice of all offices and we want to make sure that your services are billed properly.

Q13: Who should I contact if I obtain health insurance, AHCCCS, or Medicare after my enrollment into the FFHP?

You will need to contact the FFHP staff at the facility where you receive care, since they will need a copy of your insurance card. If the insurance provider covers colon cancer screening and diagnostics, you may not be eligible for the program any longer, unless you have a high deductible. Please contact your FFHP patient navigator with any questions.