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Report: Senate expected to approve Assembly's chemo pill bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin cancer patients got some great news Monday.

State Senate leaders called a vote for April 1st on the latest bill to help patients afford expensive chemotherapy drugs.

Myranda Tanck of Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's office tells WisPolitics.Com there's, "broad, bipartisan support" for the measure. She expects the Senate to approve what the Assembly endorsed early Friday, and send it to Governor Scott Walker -- who has already said he would sign it.

The final vote was scheduled after one of the bill's chief sponsors -- cancer survivor Alberta Darling -- reviewed the latest version, and urged her colleagues Monday morning to pass it. The Senate Republican from River Hills said, "Cancer patients and their families shouldn't have to wait for help any longer."

Senators voted last week to require health insurers to cover chemo pill, and not just the IV treatments that cancer patients must now get at hospitals.

The Assembly bill would either make health insurance cover chemo pills if they current cover the IV treatments -- or else they would have to limit the out of pocket cost of pills to $100 for a month's supply, adjusted each year for inflation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)