State Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D- Columbus) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) yesterday asked lawmakers to pass their step therapy legislation, Senate Bill 56, before the end of the 132nd General Assembly.
“S.B. 56 prioritizes the needs of patients to get the medication prescribed by their physician when it is in their best health interest. The bill will enable patients to get the right medication to treat their condition and improve health outcomes while balancing cost containment measures to reduce medication expenditures,” said Senator Tavares
The bill would increase protections for patients, create transparency standards for insurance companies to approve prescribed medications and allow for physicians to override step therapy when it interferes with a patient’s well-being. It also addresses many cases where step therapy protocol has been cost efficient for insurance companies, but detrimental for patient health outcomes.
"This legislation has been an important topic of conversation for a number of years and, as lawmakers, we should not delay its passage any longer," said Sen. Lehner. "The bill aims to balance cost containment for insurers with the ability of physicians to make decisions, and it is clear that striking the right balance is in the best interests of Ohio's patients."
Representatives Nicki D. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) have introduced a companion bill in the Ohio House, House Bill 72.
You can watch the full press conference here