Oral Chemo Parity in Pennsylvania
Oral chemo is an effective alternative to intravenous chemo and is usually associated with less side effects. These pills are expensive and the customary percentage based model for insurance coverage does not provide enough financial compensation to patients so the pills are affordable. To resolve this issue, 40 States have passed laws requiring insurance companies to cover oral chemo at the same cost as intravenous chemo. However, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not have laws in place for oral chemo parity. Representative Matt Baker sponsored an oral chemo parity bill (HB 60) that passed the House in 2014. It passed the House again in 2015 (197-3) and received 41 cosponsors from the State Senate. Despite this overwhelming support, Senator Don White made changes to the legislation as part of SB 536 that provides too much ambiguity to be effective. This unfortunate delay impacts PA cancer patients negatively and results in financial hardships, or worse, for the cancer patient. 40 States have oral chemo parity laws and 242 of 250 PA legislators cosponsored this bill. We need to pull together and ask the PA legislature to pass Matt Baker's version of oral chemo parity to help PA cancer patients. Please sign this petition to ask the PA legislature to pass an oral chemo parity bill to provide cancer patients with a better chance to beat that dreaded disease.