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Congressional Bills Would Mandate Equal Coverage For Pills And IV Cancer Therapy
Kaiser Health News

A bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced bills last week that would require health plans to cover the growing number of oral chemotherapy pills as favorably as they do intravenous chemotherapy. But an insurance trade group says that as long as drugmakers continue to increase the prices of the oral drugs, parity legislation amounts to a “shell game” that will push up everyone’s premiums.

In recent years, states have passed oral chemotherapy parity laws at a steady clip. They’re on the books in 39 states and the District of Columbia, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.