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Americus representative introduces bill named after President Carter

Rep. Mike Cheokas, (R) Americus Rep. Mike Cheokas, (R) Americus
Cheokas named his bill after President Jimmy Carter Cheokas named his bill after President Jimmy Carter
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia state representative names a bill aimed at helping cancer patients after President Carter.

Tuesday, Americus Republican Mike Cheokas introduced the "Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act."
It would require insurance companies in Georgia to cover treatments for stage 4 advanced metastatic cancer patients that are recommended by their doctors.

President Carter was able to receive lifesaving cutting edge treatment for his cancer, but Cheokas says many insurance companies won't pay for that kind of care unless other treatments fail.

"I don't mind telling you that I'm a strong admirer of President and Mrs. Carter,” said Rep. Mike Cheokas, ( R ) Americus. “They've done some wonderful things and this is my way of recognizing them and saving lives."

Cheokas says he's had support from President Carter and leaders from both parties.

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