January 26, 2017
Iowa families are fighting for a bill they say would prevent patients from suffering through a little-known insurance policy called “step therapy”.
Step therapy is also known as “fail first”, and requires a patient to try a first level treatment drug before their insurance company will cover the next level of therapy, which often costs more.
Suzanne Talley’s son Barrett was diagnosed with early childhood arthritis at four years-old. Talley says her son was prescribed medication their doctor said wouldn’t work.
“He had to fail that for three months and be in excruciating pain before he was able to get him on the medication that would put him in remission” said Talley.