senate Bill S1387

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing the NYS prescription medication cost containment program

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to aging
Jun 04, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to aging

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Jun 4, 2013 - Aging committee Vote

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S1387 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A308
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง249-a, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S111, A268
2009-2010: S1645A, A7666

S1387 - Bill Texts

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Relates to establishing the NYS prescription medication cost containment program.

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BILL NUMBER:S1387

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the New
York state prescription medication cost containment program

PURPOSE: To enhance cost savings by the NYS EPIC program in
procurement of prescription medications for recipients of the state's
EPIC program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section, 249-a.
Authorizes the Executive Director of the Elderly Pharmaceutical
Insurance Coverage Program to create the New York State Prescription
Medication Cost Containment Program. Provides that such program
participants shall be offered several options to fill their medical
prescriptions through a Canadian mail order company. Such companies
shall be selected through a competitive bidding process, designed and
implemented by the Director.

Section 2 - Effective Date

EXISTING LAW: None.

JUSTIFICATION: There is every indication that New York State will
continue to face unprecedented multi-billion dollar budget deficits.
As such, the State must be more creative in its approach to raising
revenue and controlling expenses, without relying on the usual methods
of raising taxes and cutting, or in some cases eliminating programs.
Since prescription drug costs are among New York State's highest
expenditures, one way the State can accomplish this goal is by
creating the New York State Prescription Medication Cost Containment
Program, which would be voluntary, for participants in the Elderly
Pharmaceutical Insurance Program (EPIC).

This legislation is based on a program that has operated in
Schenectady County since 2005. Since then, the County has realized
savings of over $17 million. Additionally, County prescription drug
costs have increased less than 8.9% since the program's inception.
This figure compares favorably with the average of U.S. prescription
drug programs which has seen prices escalate by more than 12% each
year, or 76.2% over five years. Over 90% of Schenectady County's
employees represented by two unions, CSEA and 1199, now participate in
the program. If the smallest county in New York State has saved this
much money, controlled its prescription drug costs and expanded
program participation to over 90% of its employees, just imagine what
New York State could accomplish through the implementation of this
legislation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.111 - Referred to Health/ A.268 Referred to Aging
2011: S.111 - Notice of Committee Consideration Requested, Committee
Discharged and Committed to Health/A.268 Referred to Aging
2010: S.1645A - Advanced to Third Reading/A.7666A Referred to Aging
2009: S.1645A - Reported and Committed to Finance/A.7666 - Referred to
Aging


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Potential cost savings to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This law shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1387

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN ACT to amend the elder  law,  in  relation  to  the  New  York  state
  prescription medication cost containment program

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section  249-a  to
read as follows:
  S  249-A.  NEW  YORK  STATE  PRESCRIPTION  MEDICATION COST CONTAINMENT
PROGRAM. 1. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO  CREATE
THE NEW YORK STATE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION COST CONTAINMENT PROGRAM.
  2.  SUCH  PROGRAM SHALL OFFER NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR
THE  ELDERLY  PHARMACEUTICAL  INSURANCE  COVERAGE  PROGRAM  PURSUANT  TO
SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED FORTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, SEVERAL OPTIONS TO FILL
MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS THROUGH A CANADIAN MAIL ORDER COMPANY. SUCH COMPA-
NIES SHALL BE  SELECTED  THROUGH  COMPETITIVE  BIDDING  PROCESS,  TO  BE
DESIGNED  AND  IMPLEMENTED  BY  THE  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR.  CANADIAN DRUG
SUPPLIERS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO  ALL  MANUFACTURERS
AND DISTRIBUTORS BY CANADA'S RESEARCHED BASED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02624-01-3

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