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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to insurance|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to insurance|
senate Bill S670
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S670 - Details
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
BILL NUMBER:S670 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to coverage for single source drugs PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to require continued coverage of a prescription drug if a patient was on such drug prior to a policy change. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends the adds a new paragraph 30 to subsection (i) of §3216 of the insurance law to require continued coverage of a prescription drug if such drug was previously covered under an individual's insurance plan and no generic equivalent is available. Section 2 of the bill adds a new paragraph 19 to subsection (k) of §3221 of the insurance law requiring each group policy to continue coverage of a prescription drug during a grievance or an appeal when a policy removes a prescription from the formulary while patient was taking such drug as part of a prescribed therapy.
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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