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Tallahassee Democrat: Patient Access for Florida: The Right Medicine at the Right Time

As part of United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) advocacy efforts to ensure that people have access to the healthcare they need, UPHS has joined stakeholders from all of the state this Legislative Session to advocate for legislation to streamline the fail first process for patients and doctors that is often times required by insurance companies. Under Senate Bill 784/ House Bill 863 by Senate President Don Gaetz and Representative Shawn Harrison basic patient protections in Florida are strengthened by limiting insurer influence over patient medications. The legislation has passed the Senate Insurance and Banking and Senate Health Policy Committees unanimously, and is awaiting a hearing in the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

Often times, patients are required to go through unnecessary bureaucratic steps and receive numerous approvals from insurers in order to obtain medications required by their doctors. For many patients in Florida, receiving a treatment ordered by their physicians can become a lengthy process, leaving many to suffer and fail for months on inferior medications before having access to the medication their physician originally prescribed.

Florida hopes to join the growing list of states who have adopted laws, reforming fail first protocols by standardizing the process and allowing healthcare professionals access to a full range of therapeutic options to use as they see fit for their patients.

The proposed legislation would require all insurers to develop a standardized form for patients to use. This would minimize costs to the state and maximize the efficiency of the prior approval process. By simplifying fail first protocols, physicians will have the ability to easily navigate health plan protocols.

By supporting this legislation we are helping patients to receive the right medicine at the right time. The success of the campaign for Patient Access for Florida depends on all of us. Ultimately Patient Access for Florida is working to have healthcare professionals, not insurers, make the decisions for a patient’s best course of treatment.

Join Patient Access for Florida by taking action to ensure Florida’s patients receive the right medicine at the most appropriate time. Please visit PatientAccessFL.com for more information and ways to get involved.

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