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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:26 PM

Wisc. lawmaker blocks cancer treatment bill after insurance lobbyist brother opposes it

Wisc. lawmaker blocks cancer treatment bill after insurance lobbyist brother opposes it
By David Edwards
Monday, March 17, 2014 11:09 EDT

Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) — whose brother works as a lobbyist — last week blocked a bill that would have required health plans to cover chemotherapy drugs equally.

Last year, lawmakers in Wisconsin moved to join 29 other states and pass the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, which would treat chemotherapy pills taken orally the same as intravenous medications.

“Historically, cancer was always treated by intravenous medications, which are administered in the hospital or in the doctor’s office,” oncologist Dr. Parameswaran Hari told WITI. “So newer medications, which we call targeted medications are available only in oral form — so they just got coverage as if they would cover a diabetic medication or hypertension medication under the prescription benefit.”

This left many cancer patients paying tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket or unable to afford medication at all.

More:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/17/wisc-lawmaker-blocks-cancer-treatment-bill-after-insurance-lobbyist-brother-opposes-it/

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Judi Lynn Mar 2014 OP
JimDandy Mar 2014 #1
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geretogo Mar 2014 #4
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 05:34 PM

1. Why is this being addressed at the state level?

Can this be dictated state by state, instead of with a nationwide law under Obamacare?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:31 PM

2. Eff Scott Fitzgerald.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 12:16 PM

3. What's the point of being a republican politician

if you can't harm the maximum number of people?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 01:35 PM

4. organized crime

These two gangsters are just two out of hundreds that make up the head bosses that are part of organized crime
called the GOP . These gangsters are slowly taking over the country with money from their Godfather David Koch .
Democracy is becoming a distant memory in this Plutocracy . Wake up people your losing your country .

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Response to geretogo (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 01:43 PM

6. Great synopsis! Welcome to DU!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 18, 2014, 01:35 PM

5. another reason med marijuana needs to go into effect nationally NOW

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

Cancer and cannabinoids from Nat. Cancer Institute

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 19, 2014, 12:43 PM

7. Actually it's another reason why we need single-payer, not GingrichCare. n/t

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