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In a move to help cancer patients, the Iowa House of Representatives today approved a bill to make sure insurance companies provide routine care for patients while participating in cancer clinical trials.

 

“Iowans fighting to beat cancer deserve to know their insurance coverage won’t go away because they are participating in a clinical trial,” said State Representative Tyler Olson of Cedar Rapids, who won approval of the bill in the Iowa House.  “When a doctor and patient decide on the best treatment to put cancer in remission, insurance companies must continue to cover routine care.  This measure will boost participation in clinical trials because many cancer patients decide not to participate in clinical trials for fear of losing their health care.”

 

House File 2075, which was approved by the Iowa House Monday afternoon, makes clear to cancer patients what types of routine care will continue to be covered while they participate in a clinical trial and also clarifies coverage for health insurance companies.

 

The bill now moves to the Senate.