The Safe Step Act improves step therapy protocols and ensures patients are able to safely and efficiently access the best treatment for them.
Step therapy, also known as “fail first,” is a health insurance practice used to manage the cost of medications. These insurance policies require the least expensive drug to be prescribed to a patient first, rather than the medicine originally prescribed by the doctor. When insurers interfere in this process and limit medication options, both doctors and patients are forced to compromise their treatment decisions in a way that is dangerous, time consuming and more expensive in the long-term. Asthma medications are especially prone to step therapy because health plans frequently change the list of preferred medicines they will cover.
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