Rep. Norine Hammond legislation on proton beam radiation therapy given committee approval


Dean Abbott – Radio Communications Manager
Office of Illinois House Republicans

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) has spent the past two years working on legislation to make it easier for cancer patients to receive proton therapy as part of their treatment.
While proton therapy is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, insurers often restrict or refuse coverage. Hammond has been seeking to ensure that coverage is provided to all insureds.

Proton beam radiation therapy is considered by many to be safer and just as effective, if not more so, than traditional radiation therapy for adults with advanced cancer. That finding comes from a study that used existing patient data to compare the two types of radiation. Traditional radiation delivers x-rays, or beams of photons, to the tumor and beyond it. This can damage nearby healthy tissues and can cause significant side effects. By contrast, proton therapy delivers a beam of proton particles that stops at the tumor, so it’s less likely to damage nearby healthy tissues.

Under Hammond’s legislation (HB2799) which was approved this week in house committee, the treatment of cancer shall not apply a higher standard of clinical evidence for the coverage of proton beam therapy than the insurer applies for the coverage of any other form of radiation therapy treatment.

The measure now moves to the House floor for consideration.

Spread the word

Trending Now

Featured News Podcasts

Subscribe to our Community Newsletter

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Prairie Communications, 55 Public Square, Monmouth, IL, 61462, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Choose a Category

Continue Reading

How to Identify Ongoing Scams

While scams can target a person of any age, those 65 and older tend to be sought out the most and a top ongoing scam to be on the lookout