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California bill would limit ’step therapy’ in pain treatment
Sacramento Bee

Radene Cook was an airborne reporter for a radio network when she survived a harrowing plane accident in Los Angeles in 2000.

The initial pain she suffered became far worse, she said, after her insurer required her to take Tylenol 4 and undergo months of steroid shots before it would pay for another course of treatment her doctor thought best.

“They wanted me to ‘fail’ the shots first,” Cook said. “And there was no timeline given for how long this would have to go on.”