WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu July 12, 2012
New Kentucky Law Gives Patients, Doctors More Options to Treat Chronic Ailments
A new law that goes into effect Thursday will help patients with chronic health issues maintain their standard of living. The law allows doctors to show that a long-prescribed medicine would be the best for a patient. Previously, insurance companies could deny payments for such medication until patients had first tried a cheaper alternative.
“The physician knows more clearly what medications or what medication might work for this person, and that way they make sure they can get the best medication for this person as quickly as possible,” says Deb McGrath of the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentucky.
McGrath and her foundation played a key role in getting the new law passed.
“You’ve got some individuals that if you change their medication they can have breakthrough seizure or it can start them on a downward spiral slope,” she says.
Dozens of other bills passed this legislative session also go into effect Thursday.