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    Document Summary
    - Report Published -

    Report Document No. 46
    PUBLICATION YEAR 2017

    Document Title
    Proton Radiation Therapy Report on Senate Bill 639 [2016]

    Author
    Health Insurance Reform Commission

    Enabling Authority
    Rule 20 o. of the Rules of the Senate of Virginia

    Executive Summary
    House Bill 978, introduced by Delegate David Yancey, and Senate Bill 639, introduced by Senator Kenneth Alexander, are identical. HB 978 was continued to 2017 in the House Commerce and Labor Committee by a voice vote. SB 639 was passed by indefinitely with a letter in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on a vote of 15-0. These bills prohibit health insurance plans that provide coverage for cancer therapy from holding proton radiation therapy to a higher standard of clinical evidence for benefit coverage decisions than the standards that are applied to other types of radiation therapy treatments. Proton radiation therapy, which utilizes protons as an alternative radiation method, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 as a form of cancer treatment. These bills do not establish a mandated benefit.