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Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign chemo pill bill

Gov. Scott Walker
Gov. Scott Walker

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday he would sign the bill to make chemotherapy pills more affordable for cancer patients.

Speaking to reporters in Appleton, the Republican Walker said he hoped he could sign the version that was passed by the Senate Tuesday on a 30-2 vote.

Assembly Republicans have talked about changing the bill when they hold their final scheduled meeting of the session Thursday.

They're considering a limit on co-pays for the relatively new and expensive chemo drugs -- as opposed to forcing health insurers to cover the medicines. Democratic supporters say they're afraid that majority Republicans are trying to stall the measure, so it dies when the session ends.

Supporters say the proposal is a big help to patients who must now go to hospitals to get IV chemo treatments. Opponents call it an unneeded mandate on insurance companies.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)