Newsclip®: [Health] Michigan bill requires equal health coverage of cancer drugs - San Francisco Chronicle

"(AP) — Cancer patients and survivors are lobbying lawmakers to make Michigan the latest in a long line of states to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally. The state Senate this month voted 36-1 for a bill to ensure that insurance coverage of oral anti-cancer medicines is not more financially restrictive than intravenously or injected medications. The legislation is aimed at combating how IV chemo treatments are covered like office visits under a policy's medical benefit — which can mean flat, lower co-pays — while oral chemo covered under a pharmacy benefit can bring much higher cost sharing, especially for new drugs whose annual price can exceed $100,000. Michigan's legislation cleared the Republican-controlled Senate despite opposition from the insurance industry, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, and business groups such as the state Chamber of Commerce. Opponents say the",

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