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Gov. Walker discusses oral chemo bill

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One day after Governor Scott Walker signed the oral chemotherapy bill into law, he explains why it won't take effect until next year.

"People already have plans right now, usually the plans start at the beginning of the year and so it's just as simple," Gov. Walker said. "That's how the law was originally written, is that to make a change in terms of what can be required under an insurance plan, you can't do in the middle when someone already has a contract."

The new law requires health insurers to charge the same price for chemotherapy in pill form that can be taken at home, as they do for IV treatments given in hospitals.

The bill passed the legislature with bipartisan support.

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