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Louisiana bill aims to help expedite prescribed cancer treatments

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 7:52 AM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 8:58 AM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - When it comes to cancer treatment, time matters. But sometimes cancer patients have prescribed treatments put on hold after insurance denies it.

Senate bill 112 is hoping to change that for cancer patients in Louisiana, just like our own meteorologist Ben Terry.

“What this bill...is doing, and I’ve had this fight as well...now I am out of state getting my treatments, so it’s probably going to be a little different...But for Louisianians, this could really open up the path for not having to wait, because I know I experienced this first hand with my treatment,” said Ben Terry.

Being patient can be hard, especially during a time of uncertainty. If this bill becomes law, it might ease some of that burden.

“That’s where I think this bill comes into play more than anything else and I’m glad that we see the urgency. Because cancer affects so many people. It’s just one of those things where you shouldn’t have to put up with that much red tape when it comes to treatment that you need, the life-saving treatment you need,” Terry said.

Having hope, keeping the faith, and knowing you have support is helpful to all cancer patients, and Ben says he is thankful for all of you.

Ben said he knows he has everyone’s support and hopes to one day return the favor.

Currently, the measure is on its way to committee for approval.

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