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Coverage and Access Issues Affecting Women Living with Autoimmune Diseases

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February 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

The rate of autoimmune diseases and conditions in the United States is rising—and women are disproportionately affected.

Generally, autoimmune diseases cannot be cured, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms and slowing the progression and impacts of the disease. However, utilization management (UM) tools, such as prior authorization and step therapy, are increasingly being used by payers and can cause delays in care, which can be devastating for patients, resulting in disease progression and higher costs over time.

In this webinar, panelists reviewed coverage and access issues that could negatively affect those with autoimmune diseases and conditions, the tenants of prior authorization and step therapy, discuss the role these policies can play in patient outcomes and on providers, and how current policies could be modified to better serve individuals living with autoimmune diseases and conditions.

While this webinar is open to the public, SWHR encourages new members of the 118th Congress and their staff to attend. *This event is widely attended and relevant to official duties. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Check out the full SWHR 2023 Autoimmune Policy series:

  • The Growing National Burden of Autoimmune Diseases and the Role of Policy in Improving Outcomes (January 17, 2023)
  • Coverage and Access Issues Affecting Women Living with Autoimmune Diseases (February 7, 2023)
  • The Role of Federal Agencies in Supporting Women with Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions (March 17, 2023)
  • Diversity in Autoimmune Clinical Trials: Addressing Areas of Need and Opportunity (March 30, 2023)


February 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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