For some cancer patients.
chemotherapy means the difference between life and
That can mean several trips to the hospital and hours
hooked up to an I-V.
But a new bill in Madison would make chemotherapy
pills more affordable.
meaning some people can take treatment right at home.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke has more on this story.
while I-V chemotherapy is listed as a medical treatment
and covered by insurance.
chemo pills are considered a pharmacy beneift.
and are not covered.
Right now patients taking the pill form are paying
10's of thousands of dollars each month out of pocket.
But Wisconsin legislation would force insurance companies
to cover the pill the same as I-V or injection chemo.
Which medical staff and patients think is the right
Robert Konopa has brain cancer.
He's been taking chemotherapy pills since his surgery
RK: 14- And it's been workin out.
Its been workin out good.
Robert says taking the pills means he has more time
And because Robert doesn't drive .
he doesn't need to take someone else's time up bringing
him to the hospital.
RK: 9- The people in the areas, its like they came
50-60 miles to come and be here for the liquid chemo
and I thought 'Oh my gosh.
How interesting that would be if they could have the
pill or something like what I've got because it's
really do able.'
But not all cancer patients are as fortunate as Robert.
DOC: 3- Some of these drugs cost between 9 and 12
thousand dollars just for one month of chemotherapy.
SOCIAL: 1- Oral chemo therapies require a lot of prior
You do a lot of back-and-forth with the insurance
company and justifying the purpose for the medication