House Bill 965 -- 'The Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act' Yes, you read that right. Carter is a constituent of the law’s author, state Rep. Mike Cheokas, R-Americus, who says former president's recent cancer battle inspired him to try to help others get access to the same drugs. Carter, 91, announced in August that doctors found four small melanoma lesions on his brain, and that he would undergo treatment at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University using the drug pembrolizumab as well as radiation therapy. In early December, Carter announced that tests showed no sign of the cancer in his body. Now, any insurance company that offers a health care plan in Georgia cannot force patients with advanced cancer to first fail to respond to other treatments before trying more aggressive treatment programs such as helped Carter.