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Strengthen Diabetes Coverage in Missouri!

Missouri: Let’s put the decisions on patient care back in the hands of health care providers who know patients best!

Protect patient-centered approach to diabetes care. The Missouri House Select Committee on Social Services is considering legislation that would implement protections for step therapy protocols, a common health insurance practice that can override physician choice about the medication that is best for you.

Please take a moment to personalize your letter to explain the impact diabetes has had on your life. Stories always make a better case than statistics, and personalized e-mails will have an even greater impact than form emails. Personalizing your letter is extremely important!

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Vote yes on HB 2029

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I stand with the American Diabetes Association in asking you to support HB 2029. With more than 12.8% of adult Missourians living with diabetes, HB 2029 will help to ensure people with diabetes get the medications that meet their medical needs as they work with their physicians to prevent costly and horrific diabetes complications including amputation, blindness, kidney failure and heart attack.

Health insurance plans are increasingly making use of step therapy protocols under which patients are required to try one or more prescription drugs before coverage is provided for a drug selected by the patient's health care provider with an absolute override of the medical judgment of the patient's health care provider. Inappropriate step therapy can delay access to the physician prescribed medications by making a patient try and fail one or more medications. During these time periods, patients may experience worsening of conditions that can be debilitating or even life threatening.

HB 2029 requires health insurers to base step therapy protocols on appropriate clinical practice guidelines or published peer-reviewed data developed by independent experts. It also establishes a clear and independent process for requesting an exception for step therapy protocols when necessary.

A patient-centered approach should be used to guide medical decisions. HB 2029 does just that and gives health care providers the tools they need to provide appropriate patient care.

Stand up for Missourians with diabetes and vote "yes" on HB 2029. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]