Senators Review Oral Chemotherapy Bill After Assembly Changes - WBAY

Senators Review Oral Chemotherapy Bill After Assembly Changes

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A number of state lawmakers spent the weekend reviewing changes to legislation meant to help cancer patients afford chemotherapy pills.

Early Friday morning the Assembly added an amendment capping co-pays at $100.

The original bill, which passed the state Senate 30-2 last week, would require health insurance companies to charge the same for chemotherapy pills as IVs. The pill form can be more expensive.

Sunday morning Assembly Majority Leader Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) said the co-pay amendment was needed to pass the Assembly.

"Basically I kept parody with what was in her bill," Strachota said Sunday morning on UpFront with Mike Gousha, referring to the Senate version. "I also said you can have $100 co-pay. The insurance company can choose which approach they want in their plans."

This provision goes back to the Senate for approval.

A number of senators said they're reviewing the changes this weekend before taking a position.

In a statement Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said, "While the Assembly amendment is an unfortunate delay, the bill still provides significant cost savings for cancer patients."

Governor Walker said he'd sign the amended version.

"It's one of those where most insurers are going right now," he said during a stop last week. "This will just make sure everyone has access to it."

A number of Democratic lawmakers in the Assembly accused the move as an attempt to stop the bill.

"This is inexcusable," Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. "This is heartless."

The measure now lies in the hands of the Senate, which meets once more on April 1 before the session ends.

"This has been fast and furious," Strachota said Sunday morning. "If you would have asked me two weeks ago if we would have had a bill, I wouldn't have believed it, but I am so happy that it gained the momentum that it did."

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