Bill to require oral chemotherapy treatments fails

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.


Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 146831465 - local8now.com/a?a=146831465
Gray Television, Inc.