What Is Non-Medical Switching?

Non-medical switching is a strategy that health insurers use to control costs and maximize profits by forcing stable patients to switch from their current effective medications to an insurer’s “preferred” drug. Insurers force patients to change medications for non-medical reasons, disregarding physician recommendation and patients’ individual needs.

Non-medical switching is a dangerous practice that devalues a provider’s medical expertise. NICA believes medical decisions should be made by providers with their patients, not by insurance companies.

Non-Medical Switching Legislative Map

Select your state to learn whether your state has passed or proposed non-medical switching protections.

Non-Medical Switching Action Campaigns

Take action against non-medical switching by asking your elected officials to support legislation that regulates this practice.