Improving Medication Access

Minnesotans will have an easier time receiving prescribed medications thanks to legislation introduced Thursday. The legislation 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.

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 often gets in the way of patients receiving the medication that is best for them.

The bipartisan legislation also has the support of the Minnesota Medical Association and a number of patient advocate groups. If passed, it will improve the 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. (S.F. 934)

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