|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 10, 2021||returned to senate|
ordered to third reading rules cal.773
substituted for a7598
referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
ordered to third reading cal.1749
committee discharged and committed to rules
|May 19, 2021||reported and committed to finance|
|May 10, 2021||referred to health|
senate Bill S6603
Current Bill Status - Passed Senate & Assembly
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S6603 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Social Services Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §364-j, Soc Serv L; amd §280-a, Pub Health L
S6603 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Requires Medicaid managed care plans to reimburse retail pharmacies in an amount equal to the fee-for-service rate; allows retail pharmacies the opportunity to participate in another provider's network under the medical assistance program; prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from limiting an individual's option to receive medications from non-mail order pharmacies.
S6603 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6603 SPONSOR: SKOUFIS TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law and the public health law, in relation to protecting access to pharmacy services PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To address unfair and unsustainable practices by managed care providers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to protect patient access to essen- tial pharmacy care and services SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one: Amends social services law to reduce the administrative fees currently paid by the State Health Department to managed care providers and PBMs under the Medicaid pharmacy benefit to be used to more appropriately pay retail pharmacies in line with the state Fee for Service pharmacy program based on pharmacy ingredient costs and dispens-
S6603 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6603 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 10, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the social services law and the public health law, in relation to protecting access to pharmacy services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 364-j of the social services law is amended by adding two new paragraphs (w) and (x) to read as follows: (W) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ADMINISTRA- TIVE FEES PAID TO A MANAGED CARE PROVIDER OR A PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER UNDER THE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SHALL BE REDUCED FOR THE PURPOSE OF INCREASING REIMBURSEMENT RATES TO RETAIL PHARMACIES UNDER THE MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PROGRAM. BEGINNING ON AND AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE, ALL REIMBURSEMENT PAID BY MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLANS TO RETAIL PHARMACIES SHALL INCLUDE A PROFESSIONAL DISPENSING FEE AND THE DRUG ACQUISITION COST FOR EACH OUTPATIENT DRUG DISPENSED AT NO LESS THAN THE AMOUNT ESTABLISHED UNDER THE FEE-FOR-SERVICE PROGRAM, AS DEFINED IN SECTION THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN-A OF THIS TITLE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH REIMBURSEMENT IS PAID DIRECTLY BY THE MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLAN OR PASSED THROUGH A PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER OR OTHER ENTITY. THE REIMBURSEMENT PROVIDED FOR UNDER THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY EXISTING REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENTS INVOLVING AN ELIGIBLE PROVIDER UNDER SECTION 340B OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES ACT OR A COMPREHEN- SIVE HIV SPECIAL NEEDS PLAN UNDER SECTION FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED THREE-C OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW UNDER THE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. NO MANAGED CARE PROVIDER OR PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER SHALL REIMBURSE A PHARMACY OWNED BY OR AFFILIATED WITH SUCH ENTITY AT A HIGHER RATE THAN THAT PAID BY SUCH ENTITY TO A PHARMACY IT DOES NOT OWN OR IS NOT OTHERWISE AFFIL- IATED WITH. (X) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, A MANAGED CARE PROVIDER OR PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER ACTING ON ITS BEHALF, AS EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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