Gov. Haslam Vetoes Bill on Specialized Cancer Treament

Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have required insurance coverage of proton therapy, targeted radiation used for cancers of the brain, lung, breast and neck, for state employees, The Tennessean reports. The bill, SB0367/HB0523, was approved in the House with an 82-13 vote and a 29-1 vote in the Senate. In a statement, Haslam said the legislation "circumvents" the established process for determining employee insurance coverage. After the governor's veto, Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville and Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, who sponsored the bill, called for the legislature to reconvene for a special session to override Haslam's action.
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