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Step Therapy Legislative Update: Texas Governor Signs Step Therapy Bill into Law

Posted: May 24, 2017

The CSRO is pleased to announce that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has officially signed step therapy bill SB 680 into law. By enacting step therapy legislation in 2017, Texas now joins West Virginia and Iowa in placing important limits on step therapy protocols that ensure patients are able to receive safe, accessible, and appropriate care.

Beginning September 1, Texas will have guard rails in place to protect patients in Texas by ensuring they have access to a clear and convenient process for requesting a step therapy protocol exception and by requiring health plans to allow such an exception under certain circumstances, including when patients are already stable on a drug selected by their physician to treat the medical condition under consideration.

The CSRO applauds the efforts of Representative Greg Bonnen and Senator Kelly Hancock, whose strong leadership helped guide this bill through the legislature, and wishes to thank Governor Abbott for signing this crucial legislation into law. We hope this is just the beginning of many step therapy bills to be enacted across the nation this year.