By State Sen. Chris Kolker – Douglas County News-Press

But there is always more to be done in correcting the healthcare gap between mental and physical illnesses. HB23-1130 is a bill currently gaining traction in our state legislature that is looking to reduce the amount of time between a patient with a serious mental illness (SMIs) being prescribed personalized treatment and when they are able to afford it and actually begin receiving this form of care. This delay is primarily caused by “step therapy,” which is a treatment approach used by health plans to keep medication costs low.

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