Now, Cheokas wants to remove barriers from other patients receiving the same treatment, or any treatment a doctor recommends. His bill, called the Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act, says insurance companies cannot mandate patients first fail to respond to other treatments before trying new programs.
The bill would only apply to health plans that cover the treatment of advanced, metastatic cancer, which typically involves Stage IV patients. Those patients, Cheokas said, “usually have very limited time left. That’s why we didn’t want the victims of cancer at that stage to pass up opportunities trying to meet insurance obligations.”