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Dealing with pain debated in the Capitol
Capitol Weekly

Legislation to ban so-called “step therapy” – backed by a number of health experts but opposed by some health-care insurers – is being debated in the Capitol as lawmakers eye a relatively unknown aspect of modern health care.

Step therapy is a process followed by a number of health insurance companies. A bill to ban the practice, AB 1826 by Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, was approved 45-26 by the Assembly and is heading to the Senate.