COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- American Cancer Society volunteers are urging Ohio lawmakers to act on a bill that would require insurers to cover newer oral cancer treatments at the same rates as more traditional IV treatments.
The group estimated as many as 200 volunteers were gathering Tuesday at the Statehouse to support the measure. Among those planning to attend was 59-year-old Donna Detwiler of North Lima, who has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. The society says she takes an oral form of chemotherapy that's covered as a pharmacy benefit at a different rate than IV chemotherapy. The drug retails at $9,000 for 21 pills.
Volunteers say many oral cancer treatments have no IV alternative. They're asking the Senate Insurance Committee to convene hearings on the measure sponsored by two Republicans with co-sponsorship from a Democrat.