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Updates to Louisiana Step-therapy Reform Statute Advance through Legislature

posted: May 29, 2020 to State

For Louisianans with chronic health conditions, it is important to get timely access to the medications and treatments they need. We must ensure that doctors and their patients, not a one-size-fits-all insurance policy, make the right decision for the right treatment at the right time.

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South Dakota Becomes Latest State to Enact Step Therapy Reform

posted: April 21, 2020 to State

On Tuesday, March 24th South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, signed SB 155 into law as S.J. 588. The law provides sorely needed reforms to the step-therapy process for patients and providers in South Dakota.

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Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo Going After the PBM Problem

posted: December 19, 2019 to State

This week, Jackie Toledo, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, filed legislation that would lower prescription drug prices for patients and protect small pharmacy owners by regulating pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The passage of her bill, HB 961, would be a monumental achievement in the crusade for PBM transparency.

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CSRO President Testifies Before Florida Senate Committee

posted: November 20, 2019 to CSRO News, State

CSRO President, Madelaine Feldman, MD, FACR, Testifies Before the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee, Explaining PBM Practices and How They are Hurting Florida’s Patients

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Ohio PBM Reform Sees Immediate Results

posted: October 17, 2019 to State

For the last couple of years, the issue of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and their impact on the health care system has been a topic of much concern in both the state of Ohio and the nation as a whole.

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Wisconsin Step Therapy Reform a Coalition Effort

posted: March 11, 2019 to State

CSRO, in partnership with the Wisconsin Step Therapy Coalition is taking the lead on step therapy reform in the state.

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Indiana Demands Policy Against Forced Medication Switches

posted: February 13, 2019 to State

Non-medical switching is a strategy used by health plans to reduce expenses by switching the prescription for a stable patient to a “preferred” drug — for reasons unrelated to the patients’ well-being and in some cases without warning.

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Illinois Non-Medical Switching Law in Effect

posted: January 29, 2019 to State

A new law in Illinois ensures that commercial health plans deliver on policies they market and sell to Illinoisans. Prior to January 1st of this year, insurers in Illinois could change prescription drug coverage on a patient at any point during the year, and while patients were still locked into their plan. This practice is referred to as “non-medical switching” and can have serious negative health effects for patients.

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Hospitals Beginning To Practice Non-Medical Switching

posted: November 29, 2018 to State

CSRO has been fielding reports from physicians around the states who have found that their patients are no longer able to access their prescribed treatment. Some hospital systems are no longer carrying biologic originator products, meaning that patients must find an alternative site of care.

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CSRO Hosts State Society Leaders at the ACR

posted: November 1, 2018 to CSRO News, State

On Monday, October 22nd, CSRO hosted a breakfast for state rheumatology society leaders present at the ACR. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about emergent patient access issues, CSRO’s plans for 2019, and hear from a speaker who discussed implementation and compliance issues with existing patient access laws.

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