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New Illinois legislation provides additional medical insurance coverage for cancer patients

Residents of Illinois are set to receive additional medical insurance coverage when they undergo clinical trial treatments. Previously, many insurance companies refused to cover patients who enter clinical trials.

According to NBC-affiliate WEEK News 25 in Illinois, two new legislative articles were signed into law on Monday, making breast cancer breakthroughs news. House Bill 1191 was initiated by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and it prevents insurance companies from refusing to supply coverage for qualified patients who choose to enter a clinical trial treatment.

Governor Quinn told the source, "Access to quality health care is a basic right, and Illinoisans - particularly those who are fighting cancer - should not be denied coverage for participating in trials that might save their lives. It is important that Illinois takes the lead in increasing women's access to new science that can save lives."

The second bill, 1279 extends the charitable scratch-off lottery game Ticket for the Cure for another five years.

Illinois has one of the highest rates of breast cancer diagnosis and death out of the 50 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that more than 43,000 new instances of invasive breast cancer were reported in the state between 2004 and 2008.
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