Improving Minnesotans’ Medication Access

ST.PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans will have an easier time receiving prescribed medications thanks to legislation introduced Thursday. The legislation, SF 934, removes barriers from the time a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient to the time it takes a patient to pick it up at the pharmacy.

“This is an important and necessary step in improving the ability of patients getting the right medications to treat their conditions,” said Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina). “While pharmacy benefit managers and insurers have a role to play, we have had countless stories where rules get in the way of patients getting the care they need.”

Currently, many patients who are prescribed a medication from their doctor must go through the prior authorization process for medication. While intended as a way to ensure high-quality, cost-effective medications it is often getting in the way of patients receiving the medication that is right for them.

“Consumer choice and transparency results in better decisions for patients,” added Sen. Franzen. “The prior authorization process deserves more clarity, and increased transparency results in better quality care for all.”

The bipartisan legislation, co-authored by Representative Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) with the support of the Minnesota Medical Association and a number of patient advocate groups, will improve transparency of medication coverage, limit changes to such coverage during an enrollment year, ensure ongoing coverage when patients move to new insurance policies, and use prescribed data to support improved prescribed practices instead of to delay patient care.

For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Melisa Franzen at 651-296-6238 or by email at sen.melisa.franzen@senate.mn.

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Melisa Franzen represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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