AB 1860 (Limón) Approved By Governor Brown To Keep Prescription Costs Of Cancer-Fighting Drugs Down.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1860 - The Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Act, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). AB 1860 keeps cancer-fighting drug prices down for Californians by prohibiting a health plan or health insurer from charging more than $250 per month in out-of-pocket costs for each filled prescription of a covered oral anticancer medication.

“AB 1860 helps many Californians who are fighting cancer better afford and access oral chemotherapy. The Oral Chemotherapy Fairness Act is about ensuring that cancer-fighting drugs can be administered orally allowing cancer patients to keep focus on their everyday life routines,” said Assemblymember Limón. “AB 1860 will make a significant difference in the lives of many cancer patients.”

Orally-administered anticancer medications, which work by targeting and attacking only cancer cells, are often the best – and many times the only – treatments available for cancer patients. These drugs are quickly becoming the preferred treatment instead of previously used intravenous chemotherapy. Oral chemotherapy allows patients and their caregivers to maintain their daily routines, while reducing economic losses due to missed work.

"We are grateful the Governor signed AB 1860 into law. This bill will ensure cancer patients do not have to choose between the cost of treatment and their quality of life,” said Assemblymember Limón.  

AB 1860 was signed on September 17, 2018, and will become law on January 1, 2019.

Monique Limón represents the 37th Assembly District which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Buellton, Solvang, Summerland, Isla Vista, Montecito and parts of Oxnard. She currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee.

CONTACT: Christina Montoya | 916-319-2037 | Christina.Montoya@asm.ca.gov