senate Bill S670

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to coverage for single source drugs

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Jan 09, 2013 referred to insurance

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S670 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6130
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3216, 3221 & 4303, Ins L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7180, A4724
2009-2010: A4131

S670 - Summary

Provides that every insurance policy which provides coverage for prescription drugs shall insure that there is continuous coverage of a single source drug that is part of a prescribed therapy until such prescribed therapy is no longer medically necessary for the enrollee of such policy; defines "single source drug".

S670 - Sponsor Memo

S670 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   670

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to  coverage  for  single
  source drugs

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

  Section 1. Subsection (i) of section 3216  of  the  insurance  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph 30 to read as follows:
  (30) EVERY INDIVIDUAL OR BLANKET POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIV-
ERY  IN THIS STATE PROVIDING COVERAGE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THROUGH THE
USE OF A DRUG FORMULARY SHALL INCLUDE A PROVISION WHICH, IN THE EVENT OF
A CHANGE TO SUCH FORMULARY, ALLOWS A COVERED  PERSON  WHO  IS  TAKING  A
SINGLE  SOURCE DRUG COVERED UNDER SUCH POLICY THAT IS NO LONGER INCLUDED
IN OR PREFERRED UNDER SUCH FORMULARY AND HAS FILED  A  GRIEVANCE  OR  AN
APPEAL  OF  THE DENIAL OF ACCESS TO THE DRUG WITH THE INSURER OR A STATE
OR FEDERAL AGENCY OR DESIGNEE OF  SUCH  AGENCY,  TO  CONTINUE  RECEIVING
COVERAGE  FOR  SUCH  DRUG  UNDER  THE SAME TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS WOULD
APPLY UNDER THE POLICY WERE SUCH DRUG STILL  INCLUDED  IN  OR  PREFERRED
UNDER THE FORMULARY, UNTIL A FINAL DECISION IS RENDERED ON THE APPEAL OR
GRIEVANCE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS PARAGRAPH, "SINGLE SOURCE DRUG" MEANS
A BRANDNAME DRUG FOR WHICH THERE IS NO GENERIC EQUIVALENT.
  S 2. Subsection (k) of section 3221 of the insurance law is amended by
adding a new paragraph 19 to read as follows:
  (19) EVERY GROUP OR BLANKET POLICY DELIVERED OR ISSUED FOR DELIVERY IN
THIS  STATE PROVIDING COVERAGE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THROUGH THE USE OF
A DRUG FORMULARY SHALL INCLUDE A PROVISION WHICH,  IN  THE  EVENT  OF  A
CHANGE TO SUCH FORMULARY, ALLOWS A COVERED PERSON WHO IS TAKING A SINGLE
SOURCE  DRUG  COVERED UNDER SUCH POLICY THAT IS NO LONGER INCLUDED IN OR
PREFERRED UNDER SUCH FORMULARY AND HAS FILED A GRIEVANCE OR AN APPEAL OF
THE DENIAL OF ACCESS TO THE DRUG WITH THE INSURER OR A STATE OR  FEDERAL

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

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