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Petitioning New York State Department of Health

Support Patients' Rights to Medications Prescribed By Their Physicians'.


This effort is for any people that have health insurance (Private or Public) that require prior authorization for medications. If we can get a large state to follow suit, hopefully others will as well.

Thousands of low-income families that cannot afford health insurance are being denied prescriptions. These patients must go without necessary medication(s) for long periods of time because the State of New York and Fidelis Insurance require a doctors "prior authorization" for each prescription written that meets specific requirements. Also, the doctor and/or their staff must follow a time consuming protocol for medications that they prescribe.

This so called effort to reduce state spending has replaced the now illegal “pre-existing condition” clause that used to be standard with all health insurance. With this new requirement, many people, while waiting up to 2 weeks for this process to be completed, seek emergency medical care, lose their jobs and even commit suicide. This occurs simply because their doctor's prescription is deemed unnecessary by Fidelis.  Also, the paperwork, which can be found here, must be filled out for each prescription and sent to Fidelis. This tedious process has created an added workload for health care workers, most of whom do not get paid for these new duties and are already severely overwhelmed with work.

Please tell the State of New York to put an end to the human suffering and red tape and to let the Doctors that actually meet with these patients decide what they need.

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