Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Alert

The Michigan Senate just passed Senate Bill 492 to create oral chemotherapy fairness in Michigan to make sure cancer patients can afford the treatments they need.  Please call your State Representative's office and ask them to pass oral chemo fairness.

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The Legislative Asks:

  • Support greater access to oral chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients. Support “Oral Chemotherapy Fairness” legislation when it’s taken up.

Oral Chemotherapy Fairness: 

  • Currently, the out-of-pocket costs for oral chemotherapy medications versus intravenous (IV) medications provides a barrier for some Michiganders to use them.
  • Oral chemotherapy fairness legislation would equalize the out-of-pocket cost to the patient for oral chemotherapy and intravenous chemotherapy.
  • The out-of-pocket cost disparity between IV and oral chemotherapy can lead to patients making treatment decisions based on cost and not on what their doctor has recommended.
  • Many patients that use oral chemotherapy medications are able to continue every day activities like working and traveling, that is not always the case with IV chemotherapy.
  • While most insurers cover the full cost of intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, out of pocket co-payments for oral cancer treatments can reach the hundreds, even thousands of dollars each year.
  • There are certain cancers that are only treatable through oral chemotherapy medication.
  • Nationwide, over 40 out of 50 states already have some form of oral chemotherapy fairness laws on the books.
  • There is no evidence that this legislation has increased health insurance premiums in states with similar laws in effect.