At-Home Colorectal Screening
Boeing offers an optional Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit to eligible members so they can screen for colon cancer in the comfort of their own home.
The CDC recommends annual screening for all adults aged 45 to 75. You may have received this kit for the first time as these guidelines have expanded from age 50 to age 45.
The COVID pandemic has decreased the rate of in-office screenings and at-home tests provide a safe and effective means to screen for health risks. Early detection is key to improving health outcomes.
What is a FIT test?
The FIT is a test* used to screen for colorectal cancer. Cancer in the colon or polyps in the colon are more likely to bleed than normal colon tissue is. This test uses antibodies to check for very small amounts of blood in the stool. If signs of blood are found in the stool sample, more tests, such as a colonoscopy, will be done to find the cause. This at-home screening takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is simple and accurate, and is provided at no cost to the member.
Who is eligible?
Certain members enrolled in a Boeing-sponsored Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) health plan are eligible to participate in the FIT program, administered by BioIQ. Eligibility is based on a few factors like age, risk of colorectal disease, and history of related diseases.
How do I sign-up to receive my kit?
Members who are eligible for the at-home FIT kit will receive or may have already received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to sign-up. If you received a letter or kit in the mail and have questions about the program, call Member Services at 888-802-8776 and speak with a Health Advocate. Boeing Member Services is available Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT).
What happens after I sign-up?
Your BioIQ Fit kit arrives at your home in discreet packaging. All you have to do is take the test found in the kit, mail it back, and wait for your results. You can even elect to have these results sent to your Primary Care Physician (PCP). You can even add your PCP’s information in the FIT portal, so your test results will automatically be shared with them.
*The FIT test does not replace colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy but can be done to complement those screenings. BioIQ is an independent company that has contracted directly with BCBSIL to provide a FIT program that is covered under some of the health benefit plans. This material is meant for informational purposes only. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services offered by BioIQ, an independent company. BioIQ is solely responsible for the products or services offered by them.