by Christine Roto
A measure that would prevent health care providers from charging more out-of-pocket costs for oral cancer treatments than intravenous treatments is one of the early bills sent to the governor by Missouri’s General Assembly.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sheila Solon, R-Jackson County, said intravenous treatments are harder on cancer patients than oral medication because they have to be hooked up to an IV for hours and experience harsher side effects.
“The average time lost on the job with a person battling cancer with the traditional IV chemotherapy is 26 days lost and 18 additional days lost to recover from the side effects,” Solon said. “You could take the oral pill on Friday and be back to work on Monday.”
She said the bill will also help economically because it will allow patients to get back to work more quickly than when they have to go through the intravenous treatment.
The measure cleared the legislature with little opposition.