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Evers Signs Drug Step Therapy Bill

Evers Signs Drug Step Therapy Bill

Created: July 09, 2019 12:20 PM

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill designed to make it easier for patients to get needed prescription drugs even when insurance companies force them to try cheaper alternatives first.

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The measure address the process known as step therapy, where insurance companies can force a patient to try cheaper treatment options before more expensive ones a doctor originally prescribed. Insurers argue step therapy is a reasonable way to keep costs in check.

The bill establishes a clear appeal process that would enable a patient to bypass step therapy. About two dozen other states have adopted similar guidelines to make it easier for patients to get exceptions.

Evers signed the bill at a Janesville pharmacy late Tuesday morning.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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