UPDATE: State Assembly sending amended oral chemo bill back to S - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

UPDATE: State Assembly sending amended oral chemo bill back to Senate

Posted: Updated:
MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Assembly has passed an amended oral chemotherapy bill that would make chemo drugs in pill form more affordable for cancer patients.

The measure as amended by the Assembly would place a maximum $100 monthly co-pay for a 30-day supply of chemotherapy bills. The bill passed 75-18 Friday morning and will now head back to Senate before it can be signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Assembly speaker Robin Vos released the following statement after the amended bill passed Assembly.

"I am proud that we found a way to make life-saving medications more affordable and accessible. We are giving patients and their doctors the freedom to choose the best cancer treatment without the burden of an overwhelming price tag."


*****

MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced Thursday an amended oral chemotherapy bill, designed to make chemo drugs in pill form more affordable for cancer patients.

Vos made the announcement before the Assembly went into session Thursday afternoon on the chamber's final scheduled day in this legislative session.

Gov. Scott Walker, cancer advocates and the bill's Republican sponsor in the Senate had said previously they didn't want any changes to be made to the measure, which passed in a 30-2 vote in the Senate on Tuesday. But on Thursday, Vos said he thought Republicans in the Senate would support the amended version, and Governor Walker's spokesperson said the governor would sign the bill with the co-pay requirement.

The amendment requires cancer patients to pay a $100 co-pay for a 30-day supply of the chemotherapy pills.

Cancer patient advocates still support the change, despite the change. For instance, The Wisconsin Chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society told 27 News his organization thought a $100 co-pay was reasonable.  The amendment also moved insurance companies from being opposed to the bill to neutral, according to Vos. Health insurers had opposed the bill because they said it would drive up their costs.

The bill the Senate passed required health insurance companies to charge the same for chemotherapy drugs in pill form, which can be taken at home, as they do for the less expensive intravenous treatments administered at hospitals.

One Republican in the Assembly says the co-pay requirement is common in the 29 other states with similar oral chemotherapy laws.

The bill would take effect in January if passed and signed into law.

Most Viewed Content

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • PoliticsLocal PoliticsMore>>

  • Obama's visit to impact governor's race

    Obama's visit to impact governor's race

    President Barack Obama's Labor Day visit to Milwaukee is said to be a White House event, not a campaign rally, but it's still expected to impact Wisconsin's race for governor.More >>
    President Barack Obama's Labor Day visit to Milwaukee is said to be a White House event, not a campaign rally, but it's still expected to impact Wisconsin's race for governor. More >>
  • UPDATE: Burke to meet privately with Obama

    UPDATE: Burke to meet privately with Obama

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama on Monday when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee.More >>
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama on Monday when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee.More >>
  • Walker administration puts out quarterly jobs numbers after 27 News story on delay of release

    Walker administration puts out quarterly jobs numbers after 27 News story on delay of release

    Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development (DWD) delayed the release of a key report on state job growth until a 27 News story aired which highlighted the delay on Thursday.More >>
    Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development (DWD) delayed the release of a key report on state job growth until a 27 News story aired which highlighted the delay on Thursday.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.