This bill builds on the Senate's ongoing commitment to creating a more affordable, accessible, and patient-centered health care system for all. The Senate has already passed legislation this session to address rising prescription drug prices, increase access to mental health services, protect patients and enhance quality care. The step therapy legislation expands on this progress.
"Providing the right treatment and therapies at the right time to people with cancer and debilitating diseases is all too important and critical during this extremely challenging time as is ensuring the wellbeing of patients in need," said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. "With the passage of this bill today, the Senate is taking a vital step forward to providing guardrails around the use of step therapy and ensuring patient safety. I applaud Senate President Spilka for her continued leadership, Senator Cyr, Senator Friedman and others for their hard work and advocacy to move this critical legislation forward that puts patients first."
I'm proud that the Senate took action to arrest this practice in Massachusetts.
"This bill takes an important step toward placing treatment decisions back in the hands of the health care provider and patient by limiting opportunities for insurance companies to force a patient to fail on certain medications before they can access the one most suitable for their needs," said Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), co-chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. "While we must continue to address the high cost of drugs, we cannot do it at the expense of patients, and cost can never be the primary determinant of whether a patient has to suffer needlessly before they can access the medication that is most effective for treating their condition."
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