GOVERNOR TO VISIT BOZEMAN DEACONESS CANCER CENTER MONDAY, APRIL 29 FOR SIGNING CEREMONY OF SB55 CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS BILL

APRIL 26, 2013
Governor Steve Bullock will be in Bozeman on Monday, April 29 at 10 am at Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center for a signing ceremony to celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 55, an act clarifying that issuers of health insurance coverage may not deny routine patient costs for individuals in an approved clinical trial. This bill was sponsored by Senator Christine Kaufmann of Helena.

In March, the Montana State Legislature approved SB55, which requires insurance coverage for patients participating in clinical trials. This new law should increase access for Montana cancer patients to cutting-edge treatment without concern for whether their insurance will cover the cost of their basic care. Senator Kaufmann and a coalition led by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network started working to remedy this problem facing cancer patients nearly eight years ago.

Another invaluable partner in this campaign has been Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center oncologist Jack Hensold, MD. During this time he has tirelessly worked to ensure that the cost of standard care for a cancer patient in a clinical trial would be covered by their insurer. Costs for experimental drugs being tested in trials are covered by trial sponsors. Insurers had mistakenly thought they were being asked to pay for these new treatments.

Three additional Montana lawmakers and cosponsors of the bill worked to ensure its passage. Rep. Kathleen Williams of Bozeman sponsored a bill enacting a working group to examine the issue, which ultimately led to the 2013 legislation. Sen. Art Wittich of Bozeman and Rep. Liz Bangerter of Helena were instrumental in educating leadership and their seatmates about the importance of the bill.

However, this bill would not have passed without the testimony of cancer patients. A number of patients from Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center testified before the Legislature and each told powerful stories about the importance of access to cancer clinical trials. Governor Bullock makes the trek to Bozeman to thank Dr. Hensold, the lawmakers and especially the patients for their efforts to make this law a reality.
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Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center experienced an exciting year of growth in 2011. The Center was chosen for a prestigious project led by the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Our 2011 report features a special focus on head and neck cancers. Our team from Bozeman Deaconess Rehabilitation have contributed to this year’s report to provide a comprehensive look at the specific challenges, research, treatments, as well as information and services surrounding head and neck cancers.

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Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center provides the latest cancer technologies and treatment options right here at home. Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center is fully accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Our comprehensive cancer care services include:
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The integrated Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center places medical oncology and radiation oncology services together in an expanded cancer healing center. The new physically integrated center promotes a team approach to oncology care. Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center utilizes the latest diagnostic technology available, from state-of-the-art mammography equipment to CT scanners, Bozeman Deaconess' expert cancer team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, urologists, OB/GYNs, gastroenterologists, dermatologists and pathologists work together to effectively diagnose and treat cancer wherever it strikes.

In addition, to the comprehensive cancer care services offered locally, Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center’s affiliation with
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Network brings the resources of three internationally renowned institutions to our community: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medicine, and Seattle Childrens. Through our partnership with the SCCA, patients have access to clinical trials; offering patients access to the latest drug, immunologic and molecularly targeted cancer therapies before they become widely available.
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