December 22, 2020—As we reported last week, Senate Bill 612—which calls for reforming the prior authorization and step therapy process—was passed by the Michigan Senate following the adoption of substitute language. Proponents of the bill as originally written, including MAFP and the Health Can’t Wait Coalition, had major concerns with the changes, as many important provisions for transparency, fairness, and clinical validity requirements were changed.
The House adjourned for the session on Dec. 21, without taking a vote on Senate Bill 612. The new goal is to work with the opposition and sponsor to bring back the vital aspects of the legislation and begin moving again in the new legislative term that starts in January. Stay tuned!