NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A House committee has killed a bill to require insurance companies to pay for oral chemotherapy treatments.
The House Commerce Committee voted 19-9 on Tuesday to send the measure to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.
The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin would require any insurer providing coverage for intravenous chemotherapy to extend the same benefits for oral treatments.
The measure was opposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and the insurance industry on the basis that it would create a government mandate.
Supporters noted that more than a dozen other states have passed similar measures without opposition from the industry.
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