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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2113         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2352

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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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 relative to prescription drug coupons.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Bruce E. Tarr

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2113        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2352

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2352) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to prescription drug coupons.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to prescription drug coupons.
 

              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. Section 3 of chapter 175H of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following two paragraphs:-

              This section shall not apply to a discount, rebate, free product voucher or other reduction in out

              of pocket expenses, including but not limited to co-payments and deductibles on a prescription drug, biologic or vaccine provided by a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, as defined in section 1 of chapter 111N, that is made available to an individual, if such is provided directly or electronically to the individual or through a so-called “point of sale” or “mail-in” rebate, or through similar means; provided however, that a pharmaceutical manufacturing company shall neither exclude nor favor any individual pharmacy or restricted network of pharmacies in the design of such discount, rebate, free product voucher or other expense reduction offer to an individual; provided further, that this section does not negate the need for a written prescription as otherwise required by law, nor is it intended to constrain a carrier or a health maintenance organization, as defined in chapter 118G, with regard to how its plan design will treat

              such discounts, rebates, free product voucher or other reduction in out of pocket expenses, including but not limited to co-payments and deductibles.

              For purposes of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and

              regulations issued there under, nothing in this section shall be deemed to require or allow the use or disclosure of health information in any manner that does not otherwise comply with such Act or such regulations.”.

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