Florida Weekly–Oral Chemotherapy Parity Legislation a Bittersweet Pill

June 13, 2013

For those of us who spend our days entrenched in the war on breast cancer, the Florida legislature’s recent passage of an oral chemotherapy parity law — and Governor Scott signing the bill into law — marked a major victory.

Now, health insurance companies will be required to cover the cost of oral cancer drugs in the same way they cover the cost of IV or injectable drugs.

And for women with breast cancer, as well as cancer patients of all types, the law means access to medication that is often more effective and has fewer side effects. For some, it’s the difference between life and death.

So why is this moment bittersweet?

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