News from the AGA

GIs should be able to prescribe the most beneficial treatments


 

Appealing step therapy protocols can be time consuming and burdensome for physicians and patients, and can takes months to resolve. The Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act (HR 2077), introduced by physicians Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-OH, and Raul Ruiz, D-CA, would provide a clear and timely appeals process when a patient has been subjected to step therapy by their insurance provider.

AGA endorsed this legislation to provide patients with a clear, equitable and fair appeals process when subjected to step therapy protocols. AGA is working with patient advocacy groups, like the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, provider, and professional societies to educate members of Congress on this issue and the implications it has for patients being able to access the right treatment at the right time.