Assembly sends cancer drugs bill to Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has sent a bill designed to make chemotherapy drugs more affordable for cancer patients back to the state Senate where a previous version passed overwhelmingly earlier this week.

The Assembly changed the bill to include a $100 monthly copay cap for cancer patients buying chemotherapy drugs in pill form. Democrats objected to that change, saying it needlessly puts the bill at risk of passing the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans.

But Republicans say the bill will get a Senate vote and become law.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign the bill in either form.

The vote Friday to pass it was 75-18. Fifty one Republicans and 24 Democrats voted yes, while five Republicans and 13 Democrats voted no.

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