Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law that is designed to lower the cost of chemotherapy drugs in pill form for cancer patients.
Walker signed the measure Thursday at the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.
The Republican-sponsored bill passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, after initially being kept from a vote by Republican leaders.
The new law requires health insurers to charge the same price for chemotherapy pills, which can be taken at home, as for intravenous treatments, which are administered at hospitals.
Supporters say the proposal will help more patients afford a more convenient form of treatment.
The new law will take effect in January.
The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote next week on a bill designed to make chemotherapy drugs that can be taken at home in pill form more affordable.
A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Monday that based on the broad bipartisan support the bill received Friday in the Assembly, it will be up for a vote without further changes on April 1. That is the Senate's last day in session for the year.
The Assembly passed the bill after including a $100 copayment cap. That was not a part of the bill when the Senate approved it last week, requiring another vote.
Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the bill once it passes the Legislature.
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