When the state Senate meets Tuesday, they will consider a slightly different version of the chemo therapy bill they approved last week.
Passed with a 30-2 vote, the bill requires insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy drugs the same way IV chemo treatments are covered.
The next day, Gov. Scott Walker told the Appleton Post-Crescent that he would sign the bill into law if the Assembly also approved the bill.
When it went to the Assembly, though, the bill was altered to include co-pay caps of $100 per month and passed in the wee hours of Friday morning with a 75-18 vote.
Because the bills are different now, senators need to review the Assembly’s version and call a vote on it.
Only identical bills passed by both houses make it to the governor’s desk.
The Senate meets Tuesday for a last time this legislative session, and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, wants her colleagues to approve the bill, according to a story at jsonline.com.
“The state Senate should concur on the amendment as soon as possible. Cancer patients and their families shouldn’t have to wait for help any longer,” she is quoted as saying.