I, along with others and members of the LLS, spent the day today in Harrisburg talking to state officials to encourage them to co-support a chemo parity bill. HB 623 would provide for oral chemo drugs to be treated the same as injected. Obviously this would mean that Gleevec, Tasigna, Sprycel and others would then be paid for through major medical & not prescription plans. Fourteen states have already enacted legistation, New York did it just this within the past week.
Please contact your state officials & urge them to either draft or support a bill to provide chemo parity. If you live in Pennsylvania, it is HB 623. It was interesting that 3 of the four my team saw today did agree to support this bill, the fourth was on the fence but most interested in how the insurance companies would be affected.