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Oral Chemo Parity Bill, railroaded off track at the 11th hour

At 11:30 PM last night I got a phone call from an 'insider' at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State House saying don't expect any positive vote on the Oral Chemotherapy Parity bill before midnight.  This is an important countdown because at midnight on July 31, the regular legislative session comes to and end.   While emailing hopeful messages to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and volunteer team members that worked so hard championing approval of this bill, I didn't have the heart to report what I had heard... "it's over for now".  As someone at a senior level position at the State House rammed through an eleventh hour amendment that would neutralize this proposed legislation, it was clear our bill would never come up for a vote as the proposed amendment caused much confusion.  

Had I been on the side of the opponents, I'd say this was an exceptional, brilliant move to defeat this bi-partisan supported bill.  But, in this case everyone loses because Healthcare Providers will incur greater infusion care costs and capital expenditures needed to service the increasing patient population in infusion rooms where most facilities are operating a optimum capacity; Healthcare Insurance Companies will incur greater reimbursement costs as direct and indirect infusion are much more expensive that pill-form chemotherapy.  Most important are the thousands of cancer patients in the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts who have to pick up a greater share of their healthcare cost as these pill form agents are considered Pharmacy coverage where co-pays are high and chances that Insurance will cover these expense are low.   In addition, as most blood cancer patients have compromised immune systems, the most unhealthy place to go is a healthcare facility to sit with scores of other immuno-compromised cancer patients.  So round two comes to an end for now.  

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From Ed Overton Jr. | On October 04, 2012 @10:12 pm
Chicago politics in Boston?

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