JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to legislation that could lower treatment cost for some cancer patients.
The bill would prohibit insurance companies from charging patients more than $75 for oral cancer drugs rather than traditional intravenous treatments. Sponsoring Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, says oral drugs often carry fewer side effects for cancer patients.
The House voted 147-6 on Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. The Senate passed the measure last month.
Patients are often charged much more for oral chemotherapy because it is handled as a pharmacy benefit. Traditional intravenous treatments often cost only the standard co-payment for an office visit.
House Speaker Tim Jones says the bill would be among the most significant pieces of legislation passed by the Legislature this year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis officials say the Missouri River is to blame for a foul smell in drinking water.
Water commissioner Curt Skouby told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the odor and taste should be gone within days. Meanwhile, he says the water is safe to drink.
Officials say upriver snowmelt and changing temperatures, along with naturally occurring material in the river, is causing the odor.
Kansas City, Mo., has also had complaints about its water in recent days.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A new report shows fewer Illinois children are without health insurance, but the number of cases of child abuse is climbing.
The annual report released Thursday comes from a non-partisan organization advocating for policies concerning children called Voices For Illinois Children.
The report shows the percentage of children without health insurance fell from 6 percent to 3 percent since 2008. It also found Illinois has "significantly narrowed" racial and ethnic disparities in children's health insurance coverage.
But cases of child abuse and neglect have risen 13 percent since 2006. Some of the largest increases were in DuPage, Kane, Macon, Vermillion and Will counties.