Wisconsin Senate passes cancer drugs bill

CREATED Mar 18, 2014

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MADISON -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would make more affordable chemotherapy drugs in pill form available to cancer patients.
 
The bill now heads to the Assembly, where it has been blocked by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos says his members will discuss the issue privately Thursday.
 
The bill had been blocked in the Senate until Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald allowed it to move forward Tuesday.
The bill passed on 30-2 vote. Republican Sens. Paul Farrow and Leah Vukmir voted no.
 
A broad array of cancer support and health advocacy groups support the measure as a means to make expensive chemotherapy in pill form available to more people. Opponents, including health insurers, fear it will drive up costs and amounts to a legislative mandate.