NEWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Take action during the Digestive Disease National Coalition
Week of Action from November 16th-November 20th!
The time to contact your members of Congress is now! Urge your House Representative and two Senators to pass the Safe Step Act (HR 2279 / S 2546) before the end of the year.
Otherwise known as a “fail first” protocol, step therapy mandates that patients try and fail medications preferred by their insurer before the insurer will cover treatments prescribed by their doctor. Payers say the measure is designed to save costs by mandating that patients use cheaper therapies first. However, evidence shows that impeding the doctor-patient relationship and delaying access to essential treatments can increase costs for all stakeholders, and negatively impact a patient’s health.
Safe Step Act
The Safe Step Act (HR 2279 / S 2546) would establish patient protections around insurance-mandated step therapy protocols. The bills call for a clear process for a patient or provider requesting an exception to step therapy protocols, and a swift review of the request. Requires a provider-prescribed treatment to be covered if an exception is warranted.
Please encourage federal legislators to improve patient access and address step therapy reform by passing the Safe Step Act before the end of the 116th Congress.
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Please share any feedback you get from your legislators by emailing Jackson Rau from the DDNC at firstname.lastname@example.org. This feedback will be used by the Digestive Disease National Coalition to follow up.
10th Anniversary of Ostomy Awareness Day on October 3, 2020
Metro Maryland Ostomy Association knocked it out of the park by receiving three proclamations
from state and local elected officials:
1) a proclamation from Governor Larry Hogan
2) a citation from Maryland State General Assembly
3) recognition from Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland, District 8