By: Lanetra Bennett
March 6, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Some Florida legislators are fighting for fair access to cancer treatment.
State leaders and patient advocacy groups joined cancer patients at the Capitol Wednesday to show support for the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act.
The proposed bill asks that insurance companies treat cancer treatments the exact same.
For example, 32-year-old Luke Webb says his oral chemotherapy treatment costs $7,000 per month. Whereas, if it were available for his form of Leukemia in traditional chemotherapy I-V form, it would be covered 100 percent by his insurance.
Webb says, "It was tough for me and my family. You have to make a choice. Do you pay for food, or do you pay for a car? You have to decide whether to pay to stay alive. It's devastating for families."
The bill sponsors say this would not be a mandate, rather a request for insurance companies to not discriminate when it comes to coverage.
Press Release: Moore Communications Group
On Wednesday, March 6, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater will join Cancer Treatment Fairness Act bill sponsors Rep. Debbie Mayfield and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, partner organizations and patient advocates to show support of the proposed legislation that will help countless Floridians experiencing difficulty in paying for their cancer treatment with the fair access they need to life-saving medications.
WHAT: Cancer Treatment Fairness Act (SB 422/ HB 301)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:15 a.m.
WHO: Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater; Representative Debbie Mayfield; Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
WHERE: Fourth Floor Rotunda (House side), The Capitol; 400 South Monroe Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399