Governor Jerry Brown and Lark ParkPain Step Therapy / Fail First Therapy
Friends in chronic pain, many times we take meds ins companies tell us to so we can prove they don't work before we are able to take the meds our doctors prescribe. This is called Pain Step Therapy / Fail First and it causes us to waste time, pain, money and the many side effects we suffer trying to prove to ins companies that we have tried and failed taking meds in the order they decided on. I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Jerry Brown and Lark Park.
---------------- Sign AB 369 Pain Step Therapy / Fail First bill
369 will not result in costs to health plans or the state:
AB 369 will not result in an increase in the misuse of addictive pain medicines: AB 369 does not include any mandates, so it does not impact how federal health reform will be implemented in California: ACTION NEEDED!!! Governor Jerry Brown State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Fax: (916) 558-3160
Please copy all letters to Lark Park in the Governor's Office and to Assemblyman Jared Huffman: Lark.firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (916) 558-3177
Step Therapy (also referred to as fail-first) is one of the many tools employed by health care payers to manage utilization of health care services. In the case of medications, the process usually requires a patient to try medications for his or her conditions in a series of steps.
While the goal of step therapy policies makes sense, the practical reality is often different. As patients, providers, prescribers and advocates, one of our major concerns we all agree on is restricted access to medicine. Step therapy is not in the best interest of patients or the healthcare system because it undermines the provider's medical judgment and undercuts the relationship between providers and patients. Unfortunately, it is driven by cost considerations rather than appropriate patient care. While the goal of step therapy policies for the insurer may seem to make sense to control costs, the practical reality for people with pain is often very different. concerns please contact US Pain at email@example.com