Insurance companies are switching people's medicines just to save a few bucks. It has to stop.

Our health shouldn't be subject to the whims — and profit margins &mdash of massive corporations. Right now insurance agencies are able to force people to switch medicine for non-medical reasons, just to boost their own profits.

It's called non-medical switching, and too often it takes patients' treatment out of the hands of their doctors and leaves it at the whim of their insurance provider's bottom line.

For many of these patients, finding the right therapy took a painstaking process of trial and error, which dragged on for months or even years. Their medical stability is hard won. Yet insurers may opt to sacrifice these patients' stability by imposing non-medical switching, compelling them to abandon the effective therapy for a less costly alternative—for reasons unrelated to the patients' well-being.

Non-medical switching not only ignores the process physicians and patients underwent to find a successful medical therapy, but it also disregards the impact of switching medications arbitrarily. Patients may require visits to the emergency room, additional appointments with their physician, lab tests and hospitalizations as a result—making the "less costly" alternative an expensive option for patients and insurers alike.

Patients need protection from the damages to their health and budget caused by non-medical switching. Add your name today to join the call for legislation to stop this harmful practice!
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