Governor Lee signs “Proton Therapy Access Act” into law, providing members of Tennessee State Insurance Plan expanded proton therapy coverage.
Great News from Tennessee - This needs to happen in every state....
Nashville, Tennessee (April 26,2019) — Governor Bill Lee signed bill SB 195/HB 184, also known as the “Proton Therapy Access Act” which requires the state health insurance plan to extend coverage for proton radiation therapy as an approved cancer treatment option. The bill received overwhelming approval in the House of Representatives with a 94-0 vote. The measure previously passed The Senate with a 27-1 vote.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Governor Haslam’s statement regarding his veto of the Proton Therapy Access Act states that the Act “circumvents the established process for determining state employee insurance program coverage based on medical evidence and effectiveness.” According to Don Denton, President, Tennessee Cancer Patient Coalition, “State Executive Director of Benefits Administration, Laurie Lee, testified multiple times that her team lacks the resources and expertise to recommend or review coverage guidelines so they outsource those decisions to their insurance company and their insurer’s utilization manager, eviCore Healthcare Management. So, the established process the Governor refers to is simply outsourcing the decision to a third-party which has a vested interest in rationing healthcare. Relying on insurance companies to establish coverage guidelines for the latest therapies is obviously a flawed process for cancer patients given the disparity between eviCore’s proton therapy guidelines covering less than 5% of cancer incidence while Medicare covers over 70% of cancer incidence. This is clearly the case of the fox watching the hen house.”
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