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State Update: 2017 Legislative Issues

posted: January 1, 2017

The OAR will be riding momentum into 2017 that was generated by helping advocate biosimilar substitution and prior authorization legislation into law. While stakeholders fell short with step therapy, the bill’s sponsor will be reintroducing the exact same legislation this year. With two of the major priorities out of the way advocates will be permitted to spend more time speaking to elected officials about the harmful effects of a fail first policy.

Possible Legislation for 2017:

  • Step Therapy — Bill to be filed soon.
  • High Out of Pocket Costs — Being Drafted
  • Non-Medical Switching — Possible issue
  • Prescription Drug Costs — Ohio Fair Ballot Initiative

OAR Government Relations will continue to monitor legislation as it is filed and will update membership as needed.