The state Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has approved a measure that would ensure Stage IV metastatic cancer patients have access to medications and treatments prescribed by their doctor, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Judy Ward (R-30). In current practice, insurance companies may limit coverage for prescriptions, or require patients to try other insurance-mandated treatments. Senate Bill 66 – the Fair Access to Cancer Treatment Act – would prohibit insurance companies from excluding or limiting drugs for patients if the drugs are FDA approved and consistent with best practices for Stage IV treatment. Eight other states have already enacted similar laws to protect cancer patients.
Work begins Monday (June 17th) on Route 26 in Miller Township, Huntingdon County. The contractor will implement single lane daylight closures with flagging for work to take place. All work is expected to be completed by, Friday June 28th.
If you travel to Harrisburg later this month, you might be using a detour. A ramp from Interstate 81 to Route 22 and Cameron Street will close for bridge repairs that could take up to five months, according to PennDOT. The I-81 southbound ramp at Exit 67-A to Route 22 eastbound will be closed Monday, June 24th. The repair work is expected to last until November 27th, the day before Thanksgiving. PennDOT will set signs for a primary detour.