assembly Bill A8781

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from restricting access to certain drug information and collecting certain payments

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Mar 06, 2018 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.376
substituted for s6940
Feb 05, 2018 referred to health
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Feb 01, 2018 advanced to third reading cal.628
Jan 29, 2018 reported
Jan 17, 2018 reported referred to codes
Jan 03, 2018 referred to health
Nov 27, 2017 referred to health

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A8781 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6940
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง280-a, Pub Health L

A8781 - Summary

Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from prohibiting pharmacies from disclosing to consumers the cost of prescription medication, the availability of alternative medications or alternative means of purchasing prescription medications; and prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from collecting copayments from consumers of prescription medications.

A8781 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  8781

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            November 27, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibited  activ-
  ities by pharmacy benefit managers

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

  Section 1. Section 280-a of the public health law is amended by adding
two new subdivisions 3 and 4 to read as follows:
  3. NO PHARMACY  BENEFIT  MANAGER  SHALL,  WITH  RESPECT  TO  CONTRACTS
BETWEEN  SUCH PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER AND A PHARMACY OR, ALTERNATIVELY,
SUCH PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER AND A PHARMACY'S CONTRACTING  AGENT,  SUCH
AS A PHARMACY SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION:
  (A)  PROHIBIT  OR PENALIZE A PHARMACIST OR PHARMACY FROM DISCLOSING TO
AN INDIVIDUAL PURCHASING A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION  INFORMATION  REGARD-
ING:
  (1) THE COST OF THE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL, OR
  (2)  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  ANY THERAPEUTICALLY EQUIVALENT ALTERNATIVE
MEDICATIONS OR ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF PURCHASING THE PRESCRIPTION  MEDI-
CATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PAYING A CASH PRICE; OR
  (B)  CHARGE OR COLLECT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL A COPAYMENT THAT EXCEEDS THE
TOTAL SUBMITTED CHARGES BY THE PHARMACY FOR WHICH THE PHARMACY IS  PAID.
IF AN INDIVIDUAL PAYS A COPAYMENT, THE PHARMACY SHALL RETAIN THE ADJUDI-
CATED  COSTS AND THE PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER SHALL NOT REDACT OR RECOUP
THE ADJUDICATED COST.
  4. ANY PROVISION OF A CONTRACT THAT VIOLATES THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS
SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE VOID AND UNENFORCEABLE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
A                                                          LBD13755-01-7

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