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Rep. Jim Wayne announces clean bill of health, plans to run for re-election

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo joined State Representative Jim Wayne Thursday to announce that Rep. Wayne's doctors have given him a clean bill of health following a battle against cancer of the larynx and lymph nodes this year, according to a news release from Wayne's campaign office.

"Quite simply, I'm humbled to be with you today," Rep. Wayne said, according to the release. "Debbie and I are thrilled to be able to share with you that my fight against cancer has been success this far. My doctors have told me it is currently in remission."

Rep. Wayne was diagnosed in May, after noticing an unusual lump on his neck. Medical providers who helped beat the cancer cited early detection and care as a significant reason Rep. Wayne's treatment was so successful. After 35 rounds of radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and a final series of scans just after Thanksgiving, doctors determined the cancer was gone.

"I'm proud to stand with Jim today," Speaker Stumbo said, according to the release. "Cancer is a serious health issue and one that has touched many families in our legislature and across the commonwealth. I'm glad in this case, thanks to modern treatments and excellent medical care, that brief and that Jim is well."

With that news, Rep. Wayne discussed his re-election with both with his wife Debbie and his family. At the end of that discussion, according to the press release, "they circled back to values and a calling to stand up for families and those working on low incomes to live the American dream here in Kentucky."

"I feel incredibly lucky to have the care I did. That access to care and aggressive treatment options saved my life," Rep. Wayne said. "Many Kentuckians don't have this luxury, and many will suffer if the progress we've made with Medicaid expansion and Kynect is unplugged and reversed."

"For that and many other reasons, I feel called to run again. I'm all in." Rep. Wayne said.

Kentucky's decision to establish Kynect and expand Medicaid eligibility has led to an 11.9 percentage point drop in the number of Kentuckians without healthcare coverage -- the largest of any state in the nation, according to the release. An estimated 521,000 people have gained healthcare coverage across Kentucky.

Wayne says that, "standing up for vulnerable Kentuckians; for seniors, for those living on fixed incomes, for vital programs like Medicare, expanded Medicaid, and Kynect, for women and children," has been a signature aspect of his public service.

"Jim is a powerful voice for his district and someone with a record as a strong voice for all Kentuckians," Speaker Stumbo said. "He's shown incredible resilience in fighting cancer and I know he'll bring that fight to the campaign trail. Jim's ready, we're ready, and we'll win.”

Rep. Wayne has represented the 35th District for many years. This includes part of Jefferson County and Louisville Metro.

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