The formal legislative session ended this morning around 10 AM. The House and Senate could not reach a consensus on the differing approaches to the issue of the timeline for insurers to act on step therapy exemptions. The House had 3 business days/ 1 business day for emergencies. The Senate had 72 hrs/24 hrs, similar to what was in the original bill. The legislative leaders were busy dealing with major issues in the closing days of the session and didn’t get to step therapy. However, we are told they will deal with it during an informal session which is in place for the remainder of the year. The latest compromise floated is 3 business days or 24 hrs. if an emergency. More to come later. I am optimistic we will get a step therapy bill passed this year.
Provided by Edward J. Brennan, Esq.