Longtime state Rep. Jim Wayne plans to seek another term

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A longtime state lawmaker from Louisville says he is cancer free and plans to seek re-election in 2016. State Rep. Jim Wayne underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer of the larynx and lymph nodes.
Democrats attended an event in Louisville on Thursday to hear Wayne’s health update and his plans to seek another House term. He used his health situation to defend the state’s Medicaid program that former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear greatly expanded under the federal Affordable Care Act. The expansion means another 400,000 people have government-funded health insurance, cutting the state’s uninsured rate in half.
Wayne says that uninsured, poor people with the diagnosis he received would have faced two alternatives – death or bankruptcy – because they could not have afforded the treatment.

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