1. Patrick signs bill requiring oral cancer drug coverage, over business groups' opposition

    Employer groups say they are faced with a burgeoning list of new mandates every year that threaten their ability to provide affordable health care to workers.
    The bill, first filed in 2009 by State Senator Stephen M. Brewer, is designed to mitigate the sometimes astronomical co-pays for newly-approved therapies.
    “The bottom line is that this bill is about keeping up with technology. Oral cancer therapies are the future of cancer treatment and most importantly they are not interchangeable with IV drugs,” Brewer said in a statement. “This new law will provide an additional level of comfort for patients as well ...

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