The Safe Step Act takes a common sense and balanced approach to improving patient access by ensuring that commercial health plans provide an expeditious, transparent, and reasonable step therapy appeals process. Under the Act, plans must respond to step therapy appeals within 24-72 hours, and base their determinations on sound medical reasoning and the necessity to the patient. Plans must also make their appeals process available online to both patients and providers, including the information needed to submit a successful appeal. To support patient access to the right treatment at the right time, we urge you to seek the passage of H.R. 2279/S. 2546, the Safe Step Act expeditiously.