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UPDATE: Wisconsin senators overwhelmingly pass chemo pill bill

A pharmacist counts pills in a pharmacy in Toronto in this January 31, 2008 file photo.REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files
A pharmacist counts pills in a pharmacy in Toronto in this January 31, 2008 file photo.REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin senators voted 30-2 Tuesday in favor of letting cancer patients get more affordable pills for their chemotherapy.

Only Republicans Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow voted no, when the Senate agreed to make insurance companies cover the cost of the expensive chemo pills.

Despite the heavy support, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had blocked a vote on the measure until Tuesday.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also put the crimp into the bill, by transferring it to a second committee and requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. Vos said his fellow Republicans would discuss the matter in a private caucus on Thursday before deciding what to do.

Supporters said the bill would make the more convenient chemo pills more affordable for those who need them. Opponents called it another mandate on the insurance industry that would drive up health costs in the long run.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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