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New law helps patients access chemotherapy
Nebraska lawmakers voted unanimously to approve a bill that would require insurance companies to treat oral chemotherapy the same as intravenous treatments for insurance purposes.
That law went into effect Monday, October 1st.
Oral treatments have been available to patients for a few years now, but doctors are hesitant to prescribe them because they are expensive. But with the new law those treatments can now become a more viable option.
"The technology has allowed drug manufactures to produce more of the oral chemotherapy form and has less side effects," said Pornchai Jonlertham, Morrison Cancer Center.
Nebraska is now the 20th state that requires oral chemotherapy to be treated the same at intravenous.
Cancers such as lung, colon, and breast have oral chemo options.
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