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Have you had your medicine changed by your insurance company?

That's Forced Non-Medical Switching


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WHAT IS FORCED NON-MEDICAL SWITCHING?

 

Many Americans with diabetes are having difficulty obtaining their prescribed medications and medical devices due to forced non-medical switching. Non-medical switching is the practice in which insurers force individuals to switch from their current medication or medical device to another for reasons other than their health and safety.

In short, healthcare insurers – not healthcare professionals – are making critical decisions about which medications and medical devices will be made available.

 

HOW DOES NON-MEDICAL SWITCHING HAPPEN?

 
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Either the current medication or medical device is removed from the insurer's formulary. Or, the insurer increases the individual's co-pay. In both scenarios, the result is the same: individuals are forced to pay more for their current medication/device out-of-pocket or switch to treatments that may not work as well as their current therapy.  

WHAT ARE THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES?

 
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 

To put a stop to forced non-medical switching, we first need to know how many people are challenged by this practice and how it has impacted their lives. Armed with this information, we can begin to put pressure on health insurers, legislators and government agencies to end forced non-medical switching. You can help us gather this information by completing a short survey.

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At the end of each survey, you have the option to provide your contact information, which will allow us to provide you with a report on our survey findings.