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Cancer Patients One Step Closer to More Affordable Treatment Access Thanks to MI State Senate

Cancer Patients One Step Closer to More Affordable Treatment Access Thanks to MI State Senate

Lansing, MI (May 10, 2016) Cancer patients across Michigan today found renewed hope as members of the state Senate approved Senator Goeff Hansen’s bill to lower the cost of certain chemotherapy drugs.

Senate Bill 625 received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing 36-1, and now moves to the state House for consideration. The bill would lower monthly out-of-pocket costs for patients whose physicians believe oral anticancer medications are a better treatment than intravenous (IV) treatments, putting the needs of patients first while strengthening the patient-physician relationship.

Forty other states and the District of Columbia have already enacted similar reforms to make oral anticancer prescriptions more affordable for patients.  Patients, health care providers, and family advocates urged the state House to take up SB 625 immediately.

SB 625 is supported by the many members of the Michigan Oral Oncology Parity Coalition including the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

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