AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday that she said will protect thousands of patients across Maine by limiting the use of step therapy.
The practice has patients try a cheaper medication before they are stepped up to something more expensive if the cheaper brand fails.
This bill does not ban step therapy outright, keeping it as a practice for those looking for a new medication or procedure.
Instead, it establishes an exception meant to protect those who already have something that works for them.
The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.