Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader
"Medical research over the past decade has provided cancer patients with alternatives to the traditional intravenous and injected cancer drugs. New, orally-administered drugs have shown to cause fewer or reduced side effects typically associated with cancer medications," said Senator Weinberg (D-
The law (S-1834) requires health insurers to provide insurance coverage for prescribed, orally-administered cancer medications on a basis which is no less favorable than the policy or contract provides for injected anticancer medications. Under the law, insurers are prohibited from subjecting the coverage of oral cancer medication to any prior authorization stipulations, dollar limits, copayments, deductibles or coinsurance standards that do not apply to intravenously-administered or injected cancer drugs. The law also prohibits insurers from imposing new barriers on injected anticancer drugs in order to comply with the provisions of this bill.
"For people suffering from cancer, sometimes the prescribed course of treatment can be just as painful as the disease. Fortunately, medical research is developing better cancer treatments that limit the harsh side effects that are traditionally associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy," said Senator Gill (D-
The bill passed the
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