End non-medical switching and protect Iowans’ health

  • Tom Greene is a retired pharmacist and former state senator for District 44 in southeast Iowa.

During my time in the Iowa Legislature, championing legislation improving care for patients all across Iowa was my passion. Every year, we hear of Iowans struggling to get the medical care or medications they desperately need. It is the job of lawmakers to ensure patient care is accessible, affordable, and addresses patient needs. 

Unfortunately, a widely known bad practice in the insurance industry that I saw too many times during my decades as a pharmacist continues in Iowa today. Non-medical switching is a practice for insurance companies to cut costs and increase profits, and it happens all too often in our great state. This practice ends patients’ access to their current prescription medication by increasing co-pays or out-of-pocket costs or even ending coverage for the medicine all together.