Evers signs step therapy, dialysis bills
Gov. Tony Evers signed into law two bipartisan healthcare bills Tuesday, including one that allows patients to bypass policies that require them to try cheaper medications before more expensive ones.
Under the proposal, insurers have to allow exceptions to step therapy if patients seeking the more expensive treatment have supporting documentation from providers, have tried the drug before, or if the cheaper treatment is expected to be ineffective or have adverse health effects.
Evers also approved a bill so distributors that provide patients with in-home dialysis supplies don't have to get a pharmacist license. The proposal was backed by Baxter Corporation, which has to register its Minnesota and Illinois distribution centers as fully licensed pharmacies.
Evers described the bills as “important steps” in “doing everything we can to make sure that folks in all 72 counties can access the life-saving care they need and deserve without barrier or burden.”