SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Minority and low-income households will have better access to more affordable cancer clinical trials after legislation supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg took effect on Dec. 20, 2019.
“Often times, individuals struggling with fighting cancer are feeling at their lowest. Regardless of economic status, it’s important more options are available to those seeking treatment,” Mussman said. “This legislation will help reduce the costs associated with cancer clinical trials for patients who need it the most.”
Mussman supported Senate Bill 1711, which creates reimbursement programs to help cover costs of travel, lodging, parking and other expenses associated with participating in cancer clinical trials. The purpose is specifically to support cancer patients facing financial barriers that may prevent them from participating in such programs. The bill saw unanimous support, and took effect at the end of Dec. 2019.
“Health care accessibility has always been a priority for our community, and I have been vigilant to take that with me to Springfield,” Mussman said. “I will continue to fight for all residents, and continue to back legislation that provides real relief from the burdens of health care costs.”