NEW INFORMATION: Vos says deal reached on oral chemotherapy bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a deal has been reached that will lead to passage of a bill that makes more affordable chemotherapy drugs in pill form available to cancer patients.

Vos and advocates who have been pushing for the bill appeared together at a news conference to announce the deal before the Assembly was to vote on the bill later Thursday.

Vos says he believes the Senate will sign off on the changes and Gov. Scott Walker will sign it into law.

The main change the Assembly plans to make would require patients to pay $100 a month in co-pay for the drugs.

Cancer victim advocate Paul Westrich says he believes that is fair and it is a good bill.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The fate of a bill that would make chemotherapy pills more affordable rests with the Wisconsin state Assembly.

The bill easily passed the Senate earlier this week and Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign that version into law. But Assembly Republicans are mulling changes to the measure before voting Thursday, which could put the bill at risk. Thursday is the Assembly's last planned session day.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' spokeswoman, Kit Beyer, says the bill's chief sponsor, Pat Strachota, has crafted an amendment to the measure. Beyer says the amendment will cap out-of-pocket expenses for the pills.

The bill's supporters contend any changes could kill the proposal because the Senate may not go along and the Assembly won't return to change the measure again to please the Senate.

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