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MI: 1-9-19 Co-sponsor Oral Chemo Legislation in Michigan
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Today, you can fight back and create a fair playing field for those facing cancer. Representative Daire Rendon will be introducing legislation to provide fairness for patients taking oral chemotherapy treatments. Please co-sponsor Representative Rendon's legislation. Treatments for cancer have continued to evolve over the past half century. Situations arise where an IV treatment that was formerly the best course of action has now shifted to taking a pill. Some advancements in medicine, like oral chemotherapy, allow patients to continue to have a good quality of life and fight their cancer at the same time. There is one problem though, the oral chemotherapy treatment can be too costly for patients. This can change and your colleague is looking to just that. Currently, some IV treatments are covered at a lower cost to the patient than oral treatment. Patients may see bills that are hundreds of dollars for IV treatment then get sticker shock when they see a bill of thousands of dollars for an oral chemotherapy drug. Representative Rendon's legislation would provide fairness by assuring that out-of-pocket costs for oral drugs are the same price as IV drugs. Patients should never be put in a situation where they cannot afford their treatments. If it is the best clinically appropriate treatment, patients should have access to this treatment without any financial barriers.
Please sign on as a co-sponsor of Representative Rendon's legislation to level the playing field for cancer patients and their caregivers. By showing your support we can signal to the rest of Michigan that we are serious about ensuring that all patients facing cancer have a fighting chance. Thank you for your consideration and your support.
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