The Safe Step Act introduced in September by Sens. Bill Cassidy, Doug Jones and Lisa Murkowski aims to facilitate better use of step therapy in employer-sponsored health plans and expand a patient’s opportunity to seek out exceptions, according to a Healio report.
Angus Worthing, chair of the ACR Government Affairs Committee, says the bipartisan bill is a step closer to “removing a treatment barrier that hurts patients.”
“We applaud congressional leaders for recognizing that forcing patients to ‘fail first’ through harmful step therapy practices puts them at unnecessary risk, prolongs pain and discomfort, worsens patient outcomes and undermines the clinical judgment of medical professionals across the country,” Worthing said.
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