HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 746        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 870

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul R. Heroux

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure access to generic medications.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

1/14/2015

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

1/21/2015

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

1/22/2015

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

1/29/2015

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/31/2015

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

2/4/2015

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

2/3/2015

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

2/3/2015

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

1/31/2015

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

2/3/2015

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 746        FILED ON: 1/14/2015

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 870

By Mr. Heroux of Attleboro, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 870) of Paul R. Heroux and others relative to access to generic medications and pharmacy reimbursements for the cost of drugs, medical products or devices.  Financial Services.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
(2015-2016)

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An Act to ensure access to generic medications.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 176D is hereby amended by adding, after section 3B, the following section:-

Section 3C. (a) For the purposes of this section the term "maximum allowable cost list" shall mean a list of drugs, medical products or devices, or both medical products and devices, for which a maximum allowable cost has been established by a pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity.  The term "maximum allowable cost" shall mean the maximum amount that a pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity will reimburse a pharmacy for the cost of a drug or a medical product or device.

(b) Before a pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity may place a drug on a maximum allowable cost list the drug must be listed as "A" or "AB" rated in the most recent version of the FDA's Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, also known as the Orange Book, or has an "NR" or "NA" rating or a similar rating by a nationally recognized reference; and that there are at least two therapeutically equivalent, multiple source drugs, or at least one generic drug available from one manufacturer, available for purchase by network pharmacies from national or regional wholesalers.

(c) If a drug that has been placed on a maximum allowable cost list no longer meets the requirements of subsection (a), the drug shall be removed from the maximum allowable cost list by the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity within 3 business days after the drug no longer meets the requirements of subsection (a).

(d) A pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall make available to each pharmacy with which the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity has a contract and to each pharmacy included in a network of pharmacies served by a pharmacy services administrative organization with which the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity has a contract, at the beginning of the term of a contract and upon renewal of a contract:

(1) The sources used to determine the maximum allowable costs for the drugs and medical products and devices on each maximum allowable cost list;

(2) Every maximum allowable cost for individual drugs used by that pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity for patients served by that contracted pharmacy; and

(3) Upon request, every maximum allowable cost list used by that pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity for patients served by that contracted pharmacy.

(e) A pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall:

(1) Update each maximum allowable cost list at least every 3 business days;

(2) Make the updated lists available to every pharmacy with which the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity has a contract and to every pharmacy included in a network of pharmacies served by a pharmacy services administrative organization with which the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity has a contract, in a readily accessible, secure and usable web-based format or other comparable format or process; and

(3) Utilize the updated maximum allowable costs to calculate the payments made to the contracted pharmacies within 2 business days.

(f) A pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall establish a clearly defined process through which a pharmacy may contest the listed maximum allowable cost for a particular drug or medical product or device.

(g) A pharmacy may base its appeal on one or more of the following:

(1) The maximum allowable cost established for a particular drug or medical product or device is below the cost at which the drug or medical product or device is generally available for purchase by pharmacies in this state from national or regional wholesalers; or

(2) The pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity has placed a drug on the list without properly determining that the requirements of subsection (a).

(h) The pharmacy must file its appeal within seven business days of its submission of the initial claim for reimbursement for the drug or medical product or device. The pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity must make a final determination resolving the pharmacy's appeal within seven business days of the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity's receipt of the appeal.

(i) If the final determination is a denial of the pharmacy's appeal, the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity must state the reason for the denial and provide the national drug code of an equivalent drug that is generally available for purchase by pharmacies in this state from national or regional wholesalers at a price which is equal to or less than the maximum allowable cost for that drug.

(j) If a pharmacy's appeal is determined to be valid by the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity, the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall adjust the maximum allowable cost of the drug or medical product or device for the appealing pharmacy. The adjustment for the appealing pharmacy shall be effective from the date the pharmacy's appeal was filed, and the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall provide reimbursement to the appealing pharmacy and may require the appealing pharmacy to reverse and rebill the claim in question in order to receive the corrected reimbursement.

(k) Once a pharmacy's appeal is determined to be valid by the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity, the pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall adjust the maximum allowable cost of the drug or medical product or device to which the maximum allowable cost applies for all similar pharmacies in the network as determined by the pharmacy benefits manager within 3 business days.

(l) A pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity shall make available on its secure web site information about the appeals process, including, but not limited to, a telephone number or process that a pharmacy may use to submit maximum allowable cost appeals. The medical products and devices subject to the requirements of this part are limited to the medical products and devices included as a pharmacy benefit under the pharmacy benefits contract.

(m) A pharmacy shall not disclose to any third party the maximum allowable cost lists and any related information it receives from a pharmacy benefits manager or covered entity; provided, a pharmacy may share such lists and related information with a pharmacy services administrative organization or similar entity with which the pharmacy has a contract to provide administrative services for that pharmacy. If a pharmacy shares this information with a pharmacy services administrative organization or similar entity, that organization or entity shall not disclose the information to any third party.