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Public hearing for Bill 170 Thursday

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - It's legislation that can help cancer patients like 29-year-old Ryan Reyes. A public hearing for Bill 170 is scheduled for tomorrow. Healthcare Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. introduced bill 170 that would help bridge the gaps in services for the island's cancer patients by creating a Guam cancer assistance and treatment program.

$2 million is already available as it was set aside in compliance with a public law that was never implemented. Reyes was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he needs to undergo a stem cell transplant but Medicaid doesn't cover it, but if this bill if enacted into law  it would cover his treatment.

Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 5:30pm at the Guam Legislature.

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