Wis. bill seeks equitable coverage for chemo

Posted Friday, January 24, 2014 --- 10:12 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Some Wisconsin cancer patients are being forced to choose between oral chemotherapy that could be the most effective treatment and traditional chemotherapy covered by their insurance.

So some lawmakers and advocacy groups want to require health plans that cover treatments to do so equally for intravenous and oral therapies.

The Reporter Media reports Wisconsin Coalition for Cancer Treatment Access is working with state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, on a bill. It's already received bipartisan backing from 57 legislators. The Senate Insurance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to support the bill.

According to the coalition, the bill would ensure patients have access to oral chemotherapy products if traditional chemotherapies are covered by insurance.

The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate and Assembly.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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