The Wisconsin Assembly held a hearing last week on Assembly Bill 542, which would allow reimbursement of certain expenses for patients participating in cancer clinical trials. Advocates say the new bill could remove barriers for rural residents seeking treatment. Travel and lodging costs would be covered under the bill. The bill has the support of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic Health System, the American Cancer Society Action Network, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Nurses Association. It was authored by Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and Rep. Bob Kulp, R-Stratford.