Health Care

Michigan set to become 44th state with cancer parity law

Patients would be billed the same for oral chemotherapy treatments as for intravenous.
Michigan Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D) (Courtesy of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus)

Michigan cancer patients would be billed the same for chemotherapy treatment regardless of how the drugs are administered under a bill cleared by the state Senate on Thursday, 15 years after a similar measure was first introduced in the state.

A signature from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) would leave only six states that have not passed cancer drug parity bills, which are designed to make oral chemotherapy more affordable. A similar bill has been introduced multiple times in Congress, most recently by Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

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