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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday-Newsday #84

It’s time for Tuesday-Newsday! Instead of a featured blog post this week, I’m sad to report that the anti-Fail First bill in California, AB 369, has been vetoed by the Governor. You’ll find all the details about it at the end of this post. 

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To coincide with Chronic Pain Awareness Month, Mediaplanet published a special report in USA Today. "One of the most misunderstood health care issues today in spite of its prevalence and cost, pain is invisible, undetectable on x-rays, blood tests, or any other measure," Penney Cowan, Founder and Executive Director of the American Chronic Pain Association states in the publication's foreword. "Left untreated, pain will not only destroy the person with pain, but too often the family, as well." To see the report and all the interviews and information in contains on chronic pain, click the headline above.




I am so upset! I just found out the the bi-partisan bill to ban Fail First, which had passed through the legislature and made it all the way to the Governor’s desk, has been vetoed!  

If you wish to read his veto (In my opinion, it sounds as if he is more sympathetic to insurers than to patients!) you can read yourself it HERE.

The nonprofit organization For Grace was the sponsor of the bill, and you can read their response to this terrible disappointment HERE.

What is Fail First?

AB 369 would have prohibited California health plans from requiring pain patients to try and fail on more than two treatments before allowing them to get what was originally prescribed by their doctor. The bill would also have allowed physicians to determine the duration of each “step.” This protocol is used as a cost-saving measure, but in the long run it can actually increase costs because creating a delay in care can increase resistance to treatment or cause other health complications. 

Other states, such as New York and New Jersey, are also trying to pass similar laws. To find out if your state has any bills pending on this issue, check this specialized MAP and then click on your state. To keep on top of all Rx related legislation across the country, to hear how patients are being affected, and to connect with patients like yourself, visit the website FailFirstHurts.org or join them on Facebook.

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