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Gov. Walker says he would sign oral chemotherapy bill

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Less than one day after the Wisconsin State Senate passed the oral chemotherapy bill by a 30-2 vote, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) told the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper he would sign the bill if it came to his desk.

The bill would require insurance companies to cover the costs of oral chemotherapy treatments at the same level they cover traditional intravenous treatments. 

Democrats attempted to pull the bill to the floor for a vote in the Assembly as well Tuesday, but Republicans voted the motion down after much discussion.  Speaker Robin Vos (R-Wisconsin) said he wanted to give his members time to caucus on the bill and would put it on the calendar for Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald caused a firestorm over the bill last week, when he intentionally scheduled a phantom hearing on it to prevent Democrats from pulling it to the floor.  Overwhelming support from both parties eventually led to Fitzgerald allowing the vote Tuesday.



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