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Unless it clears committee this week, Steffanie’s Law (SB 263) faces a two-year hiatus before it can come up again, courtesy of the GOP’s onerous new rules.
If you agree with the following, please consider calling Sen. Bill Brown (405-521-5602) and asking him to grant Steffanie’s Law a committee hearing or asking someone you know to make a call. The clock is ticking fast.
Steffanie’s Law requires insurance companies to pay for ROUTINE medical care for those who undergo clinical trials. Such care can include laboratory tests, X-rays and doctor visits.
Steffanie’s Law will decrease cancer treatment costs. Clinical trials are the way cancer treatment advances. From them researchers discover new uses for drugs and ways to be more effective. This ultimately brings down treatment costs.
Steffanie’s Law won’t force insurance companies to pay for clinical trials. The institution that offers clinical trials pays for them. All Steffanie’s Law will is force insurance companies to pay for what they already cover under normal circumstances.
Steffanie’s Law won’t increase health insurance costs. Studies have shown routine medical costs don’t differ much between those who are in clinical trials and those who aren’t.
Steffanie’s Law is about fundamental fairness. Insurance companies are denying care for those with cancer despite paying for the same care for those who don’t have the disease.
Lack of insurance coverage is a barrier to participating in clinical trials. We must encourage participation that advances scientific knowledge, not make it impossible for many families.
Once again, it’s insurance companies and their protectors versus sick Oklahomans.