Amendment #620 to H4400

MassHealth Drug Pricing I

Representatives Jones of North Reading, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough, Gifford of Wareham, Frost of Auburn and Smola of Warren move to amend the bill by adding the following section:-

“SECTION XX. Chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 12 the following section:

Section 12A. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and subject to required federal approvals, the executive office of health and human services may directly negotiate supplemental rebate and/or value-based pricing agreements with manufactures of prescribed drugs without regard to any otherwise applicable requirements set forth in 801 CMR 21.00 or any successor regulation in order to maximize value to the Commonwealth, including agreements that establish cost-effective guaranteed net prices using models such as benchmark-based pricing, in which prices are determined by an independent third party designated by the secretary of health and human services or using prices for therapeutically similar drugs, outcome-based pricing, in which the Commonwealth shares risk with manufacturers and the price of, or payment for, drugs is tied to clinical outcomes for a member or population, and indication-based pricing, in which a given drug is available for differing prices depending on the indication, with prices determined by an independent third party designated by the secretary of health and human services or using prices for therapeutically similar drugs.

(b) In the event a manufacturer of such drugs and the executive office are unable to successfully conclude negotiations for a supplemental rebate agreement pursuant to subsection (a), the Secretary may require the manufacturer to disclose within a reasonable time any records that describe or relate to the manufacturer's pricing of any such drugs. Such records shall be exempt from the public records law, but the secretary may prepare and produce a report summarizing such records to the extent allowable under applicable state and federal law, and may hold a public hearing at which the manufacturer is required to appear and testify.

(c) In the event the drug manufacturer does not comply with the secretary's request for records under subsection (b), the secretary may impose appropriate sanctions against the drug manufacturer, including reasonable monetary penalties.

(d) If, after review of any records furnished to the executive office under subsection (b), the executive office and manufacturer are unable to successfully conclude negotiations for a supplemental rebate agreement and the secretary determines that the drug manufacturer has refused to agree on a cost-effective price for the drug, the secretary may impose appropriate sanctions against the drug manufacturer, including reasonable monetary penalties.

(e) The executive office shall adopt any written policies, procedures or regulations the secretary determines necessary to implement this section.”

 


Amendment #620 to H4400

MassHealth Drug Pricing I

Representative:

Bud Williams