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House Panel Kills Insurance Mandate for Oral Chemotherapy

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A House panel on Tuesday killed a bill seeking to require insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy treatments.
The House Commerce Committee voted 19-9 to send the measure to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.
Rep. Steve McManus, R-Cordova and the committee’s chairman, said a series of closed-door meetings with supporters and opponents of the legislation indicated to him that a compromise wasn’t likely.
“There’s still an awful lot of questions that need to be answered,” McManus said.
Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, who disclosed last week that he had been diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, noted that none of the committee members supportive of the legislation were invited to the meetings.

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Rep. Todd Provides Details on Cancer

State Rep. Curry Todd told a legislative committee today he has a rare, slow-growing form of cancer and later told reporters that that it doesn’t affect his legislative work and he’s running for re-election this year, according to Richard Locker.
Todd, 64, said in a press conference the cancer is macroglobulinemia, described by the National Cancer Institute as Waldenström macroglobulinemia, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Todd said he was diagnosed 4½ years ago, from blood tests conducted for asthma.
“I go back in every six months and have blood workup done. There’s four stages to the disease; I’m in the first stage,” he said. “It does have some affects on me: my vitamin B-12 and other things it depletes and makes me tired some. But I’ve got grandkids, (ages) 2, 4 and 6, and I plan on dancing at their weddings.
“I will continue to do my job as a state representative. It has not affected my ability to do my job at all. My oncologist has told me that. He said once it does progress, then we’ll look at treatment but right now you’re fine… I plan on getting re-elected and being back up here and continuing to pass good legislation. I want my constituent base to know I’m fine; I’m looking after their best interests and I will continue doing so as long as I’m here.”
He said he confided earlier in his close friends but decided to go public with the disease during debate in the House Commerce Committee on a bill that would require health insurance companies to provide the same level of benefits for oral anti-cancer drugs as they do for injected chemotherapy. Todd spoke just before the committee voted on House Bill 1087 when it appeared a majority would vote to kill the bill. Instead, the committee tied 13-13, which means the bill didn’t advance but will be discussed again next week.

Rep. Todd Criticizes Haslam Opposition to Chemtherapy Bill

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Curry Todd told a House committee on Tuesday that he has a form of incurable cancer.
The Collierville Republican informed colleagues about his condition during a House Commerce Committee hearing on a proposal to require insurance companies to pay for oral chemotherapy treatments.
The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin is opposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and the insurance industry on the basis that it creates a government mandate.
“How many have you walked into the doctor’s office and he’s told you you’ve got cancer?” Todd said. “This is a subject that’s close to my heart, period.”

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