Supporters continue fight for insurance laws

Thursday, May 15th 2008, 5:56 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

With a week left in the legislative session, two groups are making last ditch efforts to get their bills heard.

Supporters of Nick's Law and Steffanie's Law thanked legislators for their support on Thursday while urging them to continue fighting for the laws. Both laws would require insurance companies to provide more health care coverage.

 "We're really frustrated our voices are not being heard," said Dee Blose, Nick's Law supporter.

Steffanie's Law would require insurance companies to continue covering routine care for cancer patients who undergo clinical trials, and Nick's Law would require companies to cover treatment for autism.

Supporters want legislators to vote on the bills before the session ends.

"We've worked really hard and this is really important for families and children across Oklahoma," said Kathy Rand, Nick's law supporter.

Speaker of the House Chris Benge said he won't hear any health care mandate bills this session.

A spokesperson said Benge and house leadership oppose mandates.  They worry they'll drive up the cost of health insurance and lead to more uninsured Oklahomans.

Supporters of both bills plan to spend more time at the Capitol next week.  If the bills don't pass this year, the groups said they plan to return next session.

"They know I'm not going to give up, I'm going to keep my word to my daughter and I'm gonna keep fighting for this law," said Monte Collings, Steffanie's father.