New law covers oral cancer meds

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A new law on Maine's books could lower the cost of cancer treatment medications for many Mainers.

Up until now, chemo therapy medications given to patients intravenously were considered medical treatments and were covered by insurance.

But oral anti-cancer medications were considered prescriptions that the patient had to pay for out of pocket.

Starting Friday, both types of treatments will be covered by insurance.

"This particular law will help a percentage of people afford chemotherapy that would not me able to.... Period. And how does that make me feel? A lot better," said a Lafayette Family Cancer Center Patient Advocate, Mary White.

Now patients taking oral anti-cancer medications will only have to pay a co-payment of no more than $30 dollars instead of spending possibly hundreds of dollars on them. The law went into affect Friday, August 1.


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