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VA State Issue:

Improve Access to Critical Medications

We are asking health insurance plans to provide Virginians with adequate notice about an increase in the cost of their prescription medications.

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Several health and prescription drug plans have insituted a tiered payment system for medication. The most expensive medications are often relegated to the highest "specialty" tier, which required enrollees to pay a percentage of the cost of the medication as oppsed to a fixed co-pay. With no generic alternatives available, MS disease-modifying therapies are typically assigned to this specialty tier.

 

An unexpected increase in cost - especially for prescriptions that already cost hundreds of dollars or more a month - can be difficult for a family to absorb, often leaving no option but to cut back on a drug's use or stop taking it altogether. For some, not taking prescribed medication might have dire consequences and a negative impact on disease progression. Virginians who depend on prescription medication should be able to rely on their health insurance plan to provide adequate notice about changes to the cost of their drugs. Providing transparency and consistency is a safeguard that is essential to maintaining access to vital medicines.

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Please contact your state senator and delegate to let them know you support SB 201/HB 308.

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