For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2008
Sen. Andrew Rice joined by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep.
Kris Steele, discusses Steffanie's Law
at a State Capitol Rally on Monday.
Statement by State Senator Andrew Rice (D-OKC),
Senate Author of Steffanie’s Law, SB 1521
“The Oklahomans who demonstrated at the Capitol today are
asking for fairness from insurance companies. They are demanding
the right to act on the best advice of their physician when considering
clinical trials as a way to improve their chance to live. I hope
the Republican leadership in the State House of Representatives
will hear their pleas and will at least allow a vote on Steffanie’s
Steffanie Collings fought for her life with courage and dignity.
Yet, because her family’s insurance company denied her coverage
for routine medical care after she participated in clinical trials,
her family now faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in past medical
bills. This is not right and that’s why almost half the states
already have laws or agreements similar to Steffanie’s Law
and it’s why 31 bipartisan Oklahoma State Senators support
Editor’s Note: The deadline to have Steffanie’s Law
heard in Committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives is April
For more information contact:
Senator Rice's Office: (405) 521-5610