Assembly Passes Bill to Put Patients First

March 25, 2021



ACS CAN Applauds Assembly Vote to Put Patients First

Calls on Senate to Pass Step Therapy Reform Legislation


TRENTON, NJ –  The New Jersey Assembly today passed bi-partisan legislation that would properly balance the needs of patients with the need to control healthcare costs. If enacted this measure would protect New Jerseyans from the dangers of step therapy, which forces patients to “fail first” on less expensive drugs before being able to begin using the medication their doctor prescribed.


American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New Jersey Government Relations Director Michael Davoli released the following statement:


“Right now in New Jersey it is not physicians and their patients who decide how to treat many cancer patients and those living with other chronic conditions. It is insurance companies, using step therapy policies. This forces patients to fail first on other drugs before being allowed access to the drug that their doctor has prescribed. This policy can result in needless suffering by the patients as well as putting needless stress on their families and caregivers.

“The Assembly today has passed legislation that, if enacted, will ensure that New Jersey patients have access to the right medicine at the right time while, at the same time, help manage healthcare costs. We thank Assemblyman Herb Conaway for sponsoring this crucial public health measure. We look forward to working with the Senate and Governor Murphy to pass and enact this legislation. Please protect New Jerseyans and their families as they face life threatening chronic health issues.”

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