Walker to sign oral chemotherapy drugs bill

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign the bill designed to lower the cost of chemotherapy drugs in pill form at a hospital in Milwaukee.

Walker was scheduled to sign the bill Thursday at the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

The measure passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, after initially being kept from a vote by Republican leaders. Ultimately the bill passed with broad bipartisan support.

The bill Walker is signing 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.

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