By Hannah Metzger – Colorado Politics

When a doctor prescribes medication for a patient, insurance companies often require the patient to first try a series of alternative, less expensive drugs before they will cover the originally prescribed medication. Critics say that process — called “step therapy” — delays lifesaving care. Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet said when she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, she was forced to spend weeks taking multiple ineffective drugs that only worsened her mental health.

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