RSVP Now: Capitol Day for Step Therapy
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 10AM-1PM
Paul D. Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Rm 505
18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334, USA
Please join the Rx in Reach GA Coalition and patient advocates for Capitol Day! We need to show unity and determination to pass legislation limiting the requirement for Step Therapy (HB63). We have invited bill sponsor, co-sponsors and supporters to join. You will hear from patient advocates who have experienced the medical risk of Step Therapy protocols. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st.
The Rx in Reach GA Coalition consists of members from 33 health-centered organizations advocating for this legislation, including NAMI Georgia.
Fail First policies — also known as Step Therapy — are insurance practices which require the least expensive drug in any class to be prescribed to a patient first, even if a patient’s physician believes a different therapy is medically in the best interest for their condition. Sometimes the cheapest drug works and sometimes it doesn’t. Your physician should make this decision, not your health insurance company.
- Step therapy is a tool used by health plan to control spending on patients’ medications.
- In 2010, nearly 60 percent of commercial insurers were using step therapy. As of 2014, 75 percent of large employers reported offering employees plans that use step therapy.
- Step therapy has shown to have a negative impact on patients, including delayed access to the most effective treatment, disease progression, and significant burdens on health care providers and their patients, as well as increases in health care costs.