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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet diagnosed with prostate cancer

Michael Bennet says he has prostate cancer, but he still intends to run for president.
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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who's considering a 2020 presidential run, said Wednesday he was diagnosed with prostate cancer late last month.

Details: Bennet said in a Twitter post he was diagnosed early and his prognosis is good. He plans to have surgery during Senate recess and return to work afterward. "This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country," he said. The Colorado Independent reports Bennet is committed to running for president if he's cancer-free.

Hospitals aren't getting paid for CAR-T cancer treatments

A researcher at the National Cancer Institute stands in a white lab coat in front of several shelves of medical supplies.
Dr. Christian Hinrichs, an investigator at the National Cancer Institute. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It's hard to set the price for a new kind of procedure until you’ve done it a couple of times, but it's hard to do it very often if you can't get paid for it. And that dynamic is causing headaches for hospitals as they wade into the complexities of CAR-T cancer treatments.

Why it matters: This isn't necessarily the standard kind of payment dispute we're used to seeing between hospitals and insurers.