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Americus rep. writes cancer bill inspired by Carter

(Source: Carter Center) (Source: Carter Center)
Rep. Cheokas (Ga. House) Rep. Cheokas (Ga. House)
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Republican State Representative Mike Cheokas from Americus has sponsored a bill, inspired by the cancer battle faced by President Jimmy Carter, that has passed in the Georgia House. The Senate will take up the bill next.

Cheokas' bill will not allow insurance companies from limiting coverage of drugs for stage IV cancer patients.

The 91 year old former president, announced in last August that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer spread to his brain, so he opted to begin treatment with a drug known as Keytruda.

The drug helps the immune system find and attack cancer cells.

A December scan revealed no cancer in Carter's brain, and he continues to be treated.

Cheokas says no one with a cancer diagnosis should be denied treatment that might do for them what Keytruda has done for Jimmy Carter.

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