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Walker talks new chemo bill

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Governor Scott Walker explained why the new chemotherapy drug law won't be in effect until next year.

On Thursday, Walker signed a bill designed to make oral chemotherapy drugs cheaper.

The new law requires health insurers to charge the same price for the pills that can be taken at home, as wells as IV treatments, which are given in hospitals.

"People already have plans right now," said Walker. "Usually the plans start at the beginning of the year, and so it's just as simple that's how the law was originally written is that to make a change in terms of what can be required under an insurance plan, you can't do in the middle when someone already has a contract."

The bill passed the legislature with bipartisan support.

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