Governor Bullock signs law to help cancer patients


POSTED: 1:12 PM Apr 29 2013   UPDATED: 3:23 PM Apr 29 2013
Bullock bill signing Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Governor Steve Bullock told a crowd at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital a new law requiring insurance companies to cover patient costs in approved clinical trials has already had a positive impact on at least one Montanan.

The governor symbolically signed Senate Bill 55 today saying it will increase Montana cancer patient's access to cutting edge treatments. Bullock actually signed the bill shortly after it passed back in March.

"Even since signing this bill, another woman came forward and received actual medications that she needed to be part of this.  So truly this is a bill that will save lives and those that need hope through the medical process to have medical coverage can make a big difference," Bullock explained

From Bozeman, the governor headed to Billings to sign a bill that splits the Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission's duties and creates a new board overseeing parks and recreation. The five-member board will oversee recreation spending, land acquisitions and land use.