SANTA FE — A bipartisan proposal aimed at improving the regulation of “step therapy” — the practice of requiring patients to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones — passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 11 now heads to the House for consideration.
“This is for the patient’s sake,” Sen. Gay Kernan, a Hobbs Republican and one of four co-sponsors of the bill, said in a written statement. “We want to make sure patients get the best possible treatment.”
The proposal calls for an appeals process if a patient is denied his or her ideal drug.
Insurance companies have said “step therapy” is a critical way to reduce health care costs.
The measure was passed on a 39-0 vote.