- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House panel has passed legislation that prohibits health insurers from holding proton radiation cancer therapy to a higher standard of clinical effectiveness than any other radiation therapy treatment.

The House Insurance Committee vote 9-0 for the bill Thursday and sent it to the full House for debate and a vote.

The measure’s author, Republican Rep. Marion Cooksey of Edmond, says proton therapy directly attacks a cancerous tumor and results in less damage to surrounding tissue than other radiation therapies. Yet, Cooksey says many cancer patients are being denied proton therapy treatment by health insurers.

Cancer survivors who had received proton therapy treatment testified before the committee about its effectiveness. They say many health insurers are concerned about the cost of the treatment.

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