Step Therapy Prohibited for Stage Four Metastatic Cancer Drugs

On April 9, 2018, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB 1148 into law. This bill prohibits insurance carriers from requiring stage four advanced metastatic cancer patients to undergo step therapy prior to receiving a prescription drug approved by the FDA. This prohibition would apply as long as the drug is on the carrier’s prescription drug formulary and the use of the drug is consistent with best practices for the treatment of cancer. The effective date of HB 1148 is Jan. 1, 2019.

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