Cost-Lowering Oral Chemotherapy Legislation Signed into Law
After a 15-year battle to lower the cost of orally administered chemotherapy medication, House Bill 4071 was signed into law by the Governor on October 24, 2023. The bill addresses disparities between the level of health insurance coverage for various types of chemotherapy and establishes a cap on related co-pays. Michiganders can now expect coverage for oral chemotherapy that mirrors that of other chemotherapy treatments.
Thanks to the persistence of Representative Samantha Steckloff (D-Farmington Hills) and the numerous advocacy groups supporting this cause, Michigan patients can focus on choosing the cancer treatment that fits their lifestyle instead of settling for the one that fits their budget.
Image: Governor Whitmer signs HB 4071 into law. Pictured Left-to-Right: Dr. Jerome Sied (Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology), Representative Samantha Steckloff, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Maureen Watson-Bolger (on behalf of the American Cancer Society)