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Oral chemotherapy proponent says 30 of 33 senators would vote in favor of bill

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A supporter of the oral chemotherapy bill says he believes an overwhelming number of state legislators would vote for it if it came to the floor either house next week.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) made a controversial decision to block the bill from coming to the floor on Wednesday, saying he did so because it would have passed without a majority of Republican support.

But Paul Westrick, a cancer survivor who has lobbied the legislature to favor the bill on behalf of the Wisconsin chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, doubts that.

"By our count and meeting over six months with legislators, we feel there's 30 of 33 senators who support this bill, who'd vote favorably for it, and about 75 percent of the Assembly," said Westrick, in an appearance for Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

The bill would require insurance companies to cover oral forms of chemotherapy at the same level they cover tradition intravenous chemotherapy.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 6.

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