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Gov. Kemp to Sign GA Step Therapy Patient Protection Bill TODAY at 2 p.m. at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan
Governor to Sign House Bill 63, Legislation Empowering Physicians to Limit ‘Fail First’ Insurer Decisions in Treatment of Cancer, Diabetes & Other Chronic Conditions;
Georgia Now One of More than 20 States to Reform the Practice of Step Therapy
Atlanta, GA (April 25 2019) – Gov. Brian Kemp will TODAY sign House Bill 63, legislation that would protect patients by limiting a health insurance process known as step therapy, or “fail first,” which forces patients to try and fail on older, often less expensive medications before they can receive what their health care provider prescribes. Gov. Kemp will sign House Bill 63, as well as other health care-related bills TODAY at 2 p.m. at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (600 Celebrate Life Parkway) in Newnan.
Step therapy often applies to patients living with life-threatening or debilitating conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis and more. House Bill 63 creates a basic framework for when it is medically appropriate to exempt such patients from step therapy protocols and establishes a transparent process for health care providers to request exceptions. By helping patients get access to what their physician prescribes when it is medically necessary, House Bill 63 improves the step therapy process for patients and physicians, while aiming to save money for the entire health care system.
“Georgians should be proud of our state lawmakers for cutting through some of the red tape in our health care system,” said Dorothy Leone Glasser, Dorothy Leone-Glasser, RN, HHC, the executive director of Advocates for Responsible Care, which leads the Rx in Reach Coalition, a group of 36 patient and provider organizations. “House Bill 63 empowers physicians to challenge one-size-fits-all insurer policies when they could hurt patients. It’s a simple concept which will improve the step therapy process and make it work better for the entire health care system. We recognize the leadership of not only Rep. Sharon Cooper, but also of Rep. Richard Smith and Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, and the support of Rep. Kim Schofield whose commitment to this cause was invaluable.”
The Rx in Reach Coalition includes: Advocates for Responsible Care, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Cancer Society, American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta Black Nurses Association, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia AIDS Coalition, Georgia Asthma Coalition, Georgia Bio, Georgia Pain Initiative, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, Georgia State Medical Association, Georgians for a Healthy Future, Global Healthy Living Foundation, Hemophilia of Georgia, Infectious Disease Society of Georgia, ITSAN, LACES, Lung Cancer Alliance, Lupus Foundation of America – Georgia Chapter, Medical Association of Georgia, Mental Health America, Metro Atlanta Rheumatology Society, NAMI Georgia, National Eczema Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Patient Advocate Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, Team Type 1, TRAGIC and U.S. Pain Foundation.
About Rx In Reach
The Rx in Reach GA Coalition – a project of Advocates for Responsible Care – is a partnership of 36 other health-centered organizations advocating for legislation that ends the financial and discriminatory barriers to securing vital treatments and medications. For more information, visit www.RxinReachGA.org. To read more about Georgians whose health has been negatively impacted by step therapy, visit www.rxinreachga.org/