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New Videos Show How “Fail First” Policies Can Fail Patients

New Videos Show How “Fail First” Policies Can Fail Patients By Ben Chandhok Continued access to a stable treatment can make all the difference for patients with chronic illnesses like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDs and more.  Interruptions in treatment can lead to disease progression and unnecessary medical expenses like hospitalization or surgery. In…

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Wisconsin Passes Step Therapy Reform

Wisconsin Passes Step Therapy Reform Photo Credit: Wisconsin Step Therapy Coalition On July 9, 2019, Governor Tony Evers signed legislation that will put common sense patient protections in place for the practice of step therapy.  The legislation becomes effective January 1, 2020 and will protect Wisconsonites insured through state regulated, individual market plans. Health care…

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Washington Passes Step Therapy Reform!

Washington Passes Step Therapy Reform! Governor Inslee signed HB 1879 into law yesterday, expanding patient protections in Washington State. This new law places guardrails in prescription drug utilization management (UM) protocols and requires a health plan to clearly post the process and criteria for prescription drugs that require a UM protocol, including prior authorization and…

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Martinez signs bill to curb ‘step therapy,’ vetoes raises for elected offices

Martinez signs bill to curb ‘step therapy,’ vetoes raises for elected offices A bill designed to rein in “step therapy,” the insurance company practice of requiring patients to try a less expensive medication before using a costlier option, will become law in New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 11, sponsored by…

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