Democrats keep pressure on GOP over cancer drugs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats are trying to keep the pressure on Republican legislative leaders who are blocking a vote on a bill that would make cancer drugs more affordable.

Republican Senate and Assembly leaders are using procedural moves to block a vote on the bill, even though it is sponsored by Republicans and appears to have the support of a majority of lawmakers.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have both cited concerns of some opponents that the measure is a mandate on insurance companies. The bill would require health plans to provide the same coverage for chemotherapy drugs taken in pill form as less expensive treatment through IVs.

Senate Democrats planned to submit a letter Tuesday urging a vote. Senate Republicans also planned to discuss it privately.

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