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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 3:11 PM 

Vos says oral chemo bill will be on Thursday's calendar, could be amended

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos just told the Assembly he would add the oral chemotherapy bill to Thursday's Assembly floor calendar and that it could be amended.

Vos chastised Democrats for what he said was a display of "theatre and politics" by attempting to pull to the bill to the floor. He said he has told his members they're going to put the bill on Assembly Rules Committee calendar for Thursday's floor session and discuss the bill in the GOP caucus to see if it can be improved.

He said a similar bill in California was vetoed by Dem Gov. Jerry Brown and tweaked afterward. He used that example as a reason why the bill may need to be amended before it could clear the Assembly.

The Wisconsin bill, SB 300, would prohibit insurers from charging a higher co-pay, coinsurance or deductible for oral chemotherapy than for IV chemotherapy.

Brown vetoed a similar bill in California, but eventually signed another bill that simply limited maximum out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy pills to $200 per 30-day supply prescribed.

Vos' speech didn't seem to placate Dems, who are still debating a motion to suspend the rules and pull the bill to the floor for consideration. Most of those Democrats are taking offense to the idea the bill is about politics, with many raising personal stories of how chemotherapy treatment for cancer has impacted constituents and family members.




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