ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a controversial bill that would extend the amount of time in which a patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit for a missed cancer diagnosis.

The agreement on Lavern’s Law—named after Lavern Wilkinson of the Bronx, who died in 2013 at the age of 41—puts to bed concerns by hospitals, physicians and medical malpractice insurers that there would be an influx of lawsuits costing them millions of dollars.

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