Calif. Legislature Passes Bill To Curb Discriminatory Fail First Policies

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AB 374, a bill recently approved by the California Legislature, will allow providers to sidestep health insurers’ discriminatory fail first rules. Fail first policies, also known as step therapy, force patients to fail one therapy protocol before moving on to a more expensive and effective treatment, which can be very time-consuming and put patients with certain medical conditions at great risk. With AB 374, providers in California can fill out a form to bypass fail first requirements. If the provider does not receive an answer during the allotted 72 hours (24 hours, if deemed urgent), the request will be approved. Aimed Alliance strongly supports the passage of this legislation and urges other states to do the same. Read the full article on the legislation and fail first policies here.

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