The third quarter of 2021 has ended so we wanted to take a moment to recap some great victories and opportunities still available for Advocates to take action. Thank you to every single Advocate who has taken action on bills in 2021. Each action from you helps us get one step closer to another victory!
我们自豪地报告的第一个胜利是最近的。On October 9th(是的，从技术上说，已经是第四季度了，但我们太激动了，等不及了)，加州州长加文·纽森签署了347号法案，使之成为法律。关节炎基金会一直是这项努力的领导者，它有70多个组织一起工作，几年来，我们非常自豪地看到州长签署了这项重要的法案。Assembly Bill 347 will health insurance plans will now be required to expeditiously grant requests forstep therapyexceptions by establishing a set of standard exceptions to the protocol. It also builds upon previously enacted timeframes to establish a timeframe for step therapy andprior authorizationrequests that the insurer deemed to be “incomplete.” These and other new protections will ensure that health insurance plans operate with expediency and transparency to receive all the information they need to make determinations in a timely manner. This effort has been led in the legislature by Assembly Joaquin Arambula.
In North Carolina, we saw yet another state enact legislation to protect patients fromaccumulator adjustment programs. This makes SEVEN states that have enacted legislation to ensure that all copays count in 2021. Senate Bill 257 was championed by Senators Jim Perry and J.R Britt, alongside 13 other co-sponsors. This bill originally did not contain accumulator adjustment program language but due to great work from Advocates in the state, the language was added to the bill in the North Carolina House. This important bill was signed by Governor Roy Cooper on September 20th.
The next victory took place in Arizona. Championed by Senator Nancy Barto, who also championed a victory on accumulator adjustment programs in 2019, SB 1270 will put in place guardrails on step therapy. Signed by Governor Doug Ducey on July 9th, this bill had amazing support from Arthritis Foundation Advocates over the past several sessions!
On August 16th, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 1745 which will帮助病人负担并计划他们的药物费用。具体来说，该法案确保保险公司提供的保险计划中有一部分是固定的共同支付，而不是共同保险(医药费用的一个百分比，因此很难计划成本，通常更贵)。这项重要的法案得到了众议院多数党领袖格雷格·哈里斯的支持，由51名议员共同发起。
One Down, One to Go
There are several bills that have already passed one of their respective Legislative Chambers and just need to pass their second chamber to get to the Governor’s desk!
Michiganaccumulator adjustment program bill,House Bill 4353, passed the House of Representatives on March 24th以98比9的投票结果!该法案得到了代表Bronna Kahle的支持，并得到了MI立法机构16名成员的共同支持。现在就采取行动!
New Jerseystep therapy bill,Assembly Bill 4815, passed the Assembly by a vote of 65-1. The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 3051, is making its way through the Senate. A 4815 is championed by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Assemblyman Dan Benson, and Assemblyman Antony Verrelli. S 3051 is championed by Senator Joe Vitale and Senator Dawn Addiego. Take action now!
Moving to the 4thQuarter
Don’t miss out on your last chance to take action on state activity in 2021 during the 4thquarter! It’s the perfect time to visit theaction center.