“Step Therapy” could lead to medical mistreatment

You get sick and go to the doctor – it’s become pretty routine for some. Then, your doctor takes your medical history, does their exam, and makes recommendations about your treatment. However, for many people with chronic conditions, the whole medical process is far more complex than a simple trip to the doctor, and often their treatment isn’t the most affective.

Barriers within the healthcare system have created challenges in managing and treating chronic diseases. This is leaving many patients without access the medical treatment they need.

Nearly one in five patients do not receive treatment due to an insurance policy known as step therapy.

For example, certain insurance policies require patients to try other drugs that may not be right for them before receiving a medication originally prescribed by their doctor.

Delays in necessary treatment may ultimately cause patients to experience disease progression and increased healthcare costs.

Bill have been introduced in CA, FL, IL, MA, ME, MO, NC, NY, RI to help regulate appropriate use of step therapy and prevent related treatment delays.

About The Author

Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: max.tarlton@kecytv.com or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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