The Safe Step Act H.R. 2279

New Legislation:

The Safe Step Act, H.R. 2279, was introduced by Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2) putting reasonable guardrails and timelines around the utilization management practice known as "step therapy" or "fail first".

Background:

  • ASCO strongly supports limiting a payer’s ability to require fail first protocols
  • Advancements in the diagnosis of cancer allow oncologists to determine the best treatment approach for each individual patient
  • Many health plans require patients to try and fail medications chosen by the plan before they will cover the medication originally prescribed by their health care provider


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