Gov. Branstad (center) surrounded by patient organizations and advocates during Wednesday’s bill signing ceremony.

Gov. Branstad Signs HF 233 to Allow a More Transparent Overriding Process

Middletown, CT, May 11, 2017 –  Through the efforts of advocates and patient organizations who formed the Iowa Fail First Coalition, of which U.S. Pain Foundation is a member, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law a bill which allows clinicians and patients a clear process to override the fail first protocol, also known as step therapy.

Currently, insurers in Iowa can force a patient to “fail first” on a series of less expensive and potentially inferior medications before receiving the therapy option originally prescribed by their clinician. By turning HF 233 into law, a health insurance carrier must now provide the prescribing health care professional and covered individual access to a clear, accessible and convenient process to request a step therapy override exception.

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