On June 11, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed HB 263 into law. The new law includes stronger step therapy protections. Step therapy is a health insurance protocol in which a health plan requires a patient to try and fail on a certain medication before the patient can access the medication prescribed to him or her. Building upon existing protections, the new law requires step therapy protocols to be based on clinical review criteria and clinical practice guidelines, implements timelines in which health plans are required to respond to exception requests, and allows for additional criteria in which patients are eligible for exceptions, among other changes. Read more here.