State Advocacy Works!
Thanks to the collective advocacy of many groups over many months, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law that restricts the practice of Step Therapy. Step therapy is when patients are required to try using cheaper drugs in their recovery before “stepping up” to pricier meds. The new law requires insurance providers to approve or deny step therapy exemption requests within three business days, or 24 hours in an emergency, meaning faster access to the more expensive drugs. A law allowing speedier exemptions to the step therapy process is a win for patients who would otherwise have to go through a lengthy authorization or review process. Read more about the new law in Massachusetts here – https://www.axios.com/local/boston/2022/11/02/step-therapy-bill-baker