We have another urgent advocacy request for you today. Please call (or email) the member of the Texas House of Representatives who represents your district and ask for their support on HB 595. This bill is being voted on tomorrow on the House floor and it would protect persons living with serious and persistent mental illness. Please see below for specific messaging on this.
You may look up your member of the Texas House of Representatives here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/
HB 595 would eliminate some of the confusion that would arise if there were multiple different Medicaid formularies for the various MCOs that manage the STAR plans around the state. Consumers who change plans would not have to face the potential of medications they are stable on not being available through the new plan, or not being available without the need for prior authorization, which can be time-consuming and a lengthy process with some plans for both the physician and the patient. The bill also maintains various patient protections on formulary issues. For anyone who has experienced the nightmares involved with Medicare Part D multiple formularies and ever-changing formularies, this is a bill we want to support in order to protect persons living with serious and persistent mental illness.
Thank you for your advocacy!