Federal Update: Advocates Supporting Federal Step Therapy Legislation
posted: September 22, 2017
A congressional effort to improve patients’ access to treatment is generating widespread enthusiasm in the advocacy community. Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, (R-Ohio) and Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.), the Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act of 2017 is a first-of-its-kind bill that protects patients’ ability to access the medications their doctor prescribes.
The bill tackles step therapy, a cost-cutting technique whereby insurers require patients to fail on an inexpensive treatment preferred by the health plan before getting the medication prescribed.