The state Senate today approved a measure that would make the insurance appeals process easier.
The proposal addresses the so-called “step therapy” process, a cost-saving method employed by insurance companies that makes patients try a number of drugs recommended by the insurer before “stepping” up to cover the cost of the medication recommended by a doctor.
The measure, approved by voice vote, now heads to the Assembly.
Sen. Alberta Darling, the bill’s author, called it a “win-win” for patients and doctors and said it also had benefits for insurers.
“It leads to better health outcomes, which is good for the insurance companies,” the River Hills Republican said.