AGA and 17 other specialty physician and patient advocacy organizations partnered with the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) on an advocacy day focused on the need for step therapy reform.
We met with congressional offices to seek support for patient protection guardrails in step therapy and to encourage co-sponsorship of the Safe Step Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a clear process for a patient or physician to request an exception to a step therapy protocol. It also would require insurers to grant exemptions to step therapy in the following situations:
- Patient already tried and failed on a required treatment
- Delayed treatment will cause irreversible damage
- Required treatment will cause harm to the patient
- Required treatment will prevent a patient from working or fulling daily activities
- Patient is stable on their current treatment
AGA representatives and patient advocates met with the congressional offices of these legislators who serve on key committees that have jurisdiction over this issue.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-N.C.
Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.
Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich
A special thanks to AGA members who contacted your legislators online. A combination of 344 tweets and emails were sent urging federal legislators to support the Safe Step Act.
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