U.S. Pain is part of a coalition of 41 patient and provider groups supporting the “Bait-and-Switch Bill,” SB 360/HB 229, which would require health plans to deliver on the prescription coverage benefits they market and sell for the year. Right now, at any time during the health plan year, insurers are free to increase out-of-pocket costs, enact restrictions on coverage (e.g. additional prior authorizations), or remove coverage of a prescription medication altogether – practices commonly referred to as “nonmedical switching.” These unfair changes can have negative health consequences, especially for patients with serious, chronic conditions.
The legislation unanimously passed out of the Florida Senate during the 2017 legislative session. The coalition, known as Floridians for Reliable Health Coverage, is hopeful it will become law this year.