Surrounded by cancer survivors, advocates, and health professionals, today Governor Kasich signed two Oelslager bills designed to improve care for cancer patients in Ohio.
“Today, with the Governor’s seal of approval, we have helped Ohioans take a stand against this horrific disease.  Cancer cannot be underestimated and we need to use all the tools necessary to help our friends and neighbors.  As technology and medicine evolve, we need to update our policies to make sure Ohio patients are receiving the best possible care and treatment for their disease,” said Oelslager.
Senate Bill 99 creates equity in patients’ out of pocket costs for oral anti-cancer therapy by prohibiting insurers from providing less favorable coverage for orally administered cancer medications than what is offered for intravenously or injected medications.  This change attempts to safeguard patients’ access to medication deemed most appropriate by their physician.  Similar legislation has been enacted in 30 other states and the District of Columbia.

Also, signed by Governor Kasich today was Senate Bill 230.  This legislation was jointly sponsored with Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) and establishes standards for the delivery of non-self-injectable cancer medications.  The drugs are fragile and complex and must be stored in the proper environment to work effectively.  “Brown bagging” of chemotherapy drugs, is a process in which an insurance company uses a wholesale supplier to ship oncology drugs directly to a patient’s pharmacy or home.  The patient would then have to transport the medication from their home to their physician on their own.  The practice is dangerous because the components of these cancer drugs are volatile should only be handled by a healthcare professional.

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