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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3027         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 900


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Diana DiZoglio, (BY REQUEST)


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 relative to prescription drug voice synthesizers..






Brian J. Coppola

400 Merrimack Stree,

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3027        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 900

By Ms. DiZoglio of Methuen (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 900) of Brian J. Coppola  and Marcos A. Devers for legislation relative to prescription drug voice synthesizers.  Financial Services. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 1855 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to prescription drug voice synthesizers..

              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 175 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 47W the following section:-

              Section 47X. For the purposes of this section, the following word shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly otherwise requires: "voice synthesizer", a product that attaches to bottles and or reads electronically a code on the label of a prescription which verbally then converts the textual information encoded by a screen-reader and feeds it to the soundcard for oral reproduction.

              Any blanket or general policy of insurance described in subdivision (A), (C) or (D) of section 110 which provides prescription drug insurance, which is delivered or issued for delivery or subsequently renewed by agreement between the insurer and the policyholder within or without the commonwealth shall provide coverage for the expense of a medially prescribed voice-synthesizer used in connection with a container that would provide audible information of  a prescription for use by a person who is legally blind or visually impaired.  The policy holder shall be responsible for returning the container to a pharmacist for refill.

              SECTION 2.  The Commissioner of the Division of Insurance shall adopt regulations to implement and provide information of Chapter 147 Section 47X of the General Laws within 90 days of its effective date.

              SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an individual, public or private institution, business or other organization that regularly and primarily provides a service to a disabled person shall inform the disabled person of the availability of the voice synthesizer referred to in section 47X of chapter 175 of the General Laws.             

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