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Wisconsin Assembly sends cancer drugs measure back to Senate

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MADISON, WI (WREX) -

A measure that would make chemotherapy drugs more affordable has been sent back to the state Senate by the Wisconsin Assembly.

A previous version of the bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly earlier on in the week, but the Assembly changed the bill to include a co-pay cap of $100 a month for cancer patients who buy the drugs in pill form.

Democrats were against the change, arguing that it needlessly put the bill at risk when it goes back to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. However, Republicans argue there are enough Senate votes for the bill to become law.

Friday's vote to pass the bill was 75 to 18, with 51 Republicans and 24 Democrats voting yes. Five Republicans and 13 Democrats voted no.

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