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HB 2223 Pharmacies; delivery of prescription drugs, pharmacy benefits managers.

Introduced by: Israel D. O'Quinn | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)

Pharmacies; delivery of prescription drugs; pharmacy benefits managers. Requires health carriers to administer its health benefit plans in a manner consistent with, or include in contracts for pharmacy benefits management, criteria and provisions that (i) permit a covered individual to fill any mail order-covered prescription, at the covered individual's option, at any mail order pharmacy or network participating retail community pharmacy if the network participating retail community pharmacy agrees to accept a price that is comparable to that of the mail order pharmacy, calculated to reflect all drug manufacturer's rebates, direct and indirect administrative fees, costs and any remuneration; (ii) prohibit a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) or carrier from imposing a differential copayment, additional fee, or other condition on any covered individual who elects to fill his prescription at an in-network retail community pharmacy that is not similarly imposed on covered individuals electing to fill a prescription from a mail order pharmacy; and (iii) require the PBM to use the same benchmark index to reimburse all pharmacies participating in the health benefit plan regardless of whether a pharmacy is a mail order pharmacy or a retail community pharmacy. The measure applies with respect to contracts entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.


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