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2018 Legislative Session Recap  (June 19, 2018):

The New York State Legislative session ended quietly on Wednesday, June 20th. Overall, it was an incredibly successful year for PSSNY’s initiatives.  Grassroots advocacy, lobbying and media coverage were critical to our success.

The following is a brief synopsis of the results of PSSNY’s advocacy this session. More details will follow in the coming weeks. 

Bills that have passed both houses.
Next Step: The bills will be delivered to the Governor for passage or veto on or before 12/31/2018.

  • Interns as immunizers (A2857-D McDonald/S1043-D Funke)
  •  Drug Take Back (S9100 Hannon/A9576-B Gunther)

Bills that have become law. 

PSSNY initiatives introduced by legislators.

  • License and regulate PBMs (A10985 Gottfried/S8934 Rivera) 
  • Strengthen current MAC appeal law (S5623 Hannon/A4717-A Rosenthal)   
  • Remove barriers in NYS Insurance law that still allow mandatory mail order (S1743 Golden/A3119 Joyner)
  • Medication Synchronization in Commercial Insurance (S5196-B Lanza/A4306-B Quart)
  • Medication Synchronization in Medicaid (S5622-A Hannon/A7492-A Gottfried)
  • Make pharmacist-immunizers permanent, add all CDC-approved vaccine for adults (A455 Paulin)
  • Comprehensive Medication Management (A8664-A McDonald/S7682 LaValle)
  • Authorize partial-fills of controlled substance prescriptions at the patient’s request (S8342 Hannon/A10392-A McDonald)
  • Authorize pharmacists to perform CLIA-waived tests (S8960 Griffo)
  • Pharmacy technician registration and/or certification (S5584-B Griffo/A4611-B Englebright)
  • Add hepatitis A and B to the list of vaccines available from pharmacists (A9073-A Gottfried/S321-A Robach) 

PSSNY opposed and defeated the following proposal.

  • Surcharge on the first sale of opiate medications in New York

PSSNY opposed the following legislation.

  • Pharmacies to be opened in substance abuse or behavioral health clinics (S7042-A Ortt/A10092 Gottfried) 

PSSNY testified at the:

  • Joint legislative hearing on the Medicaid and Health Budget
  • Assembly hearing on the Caremark-Aetna merger
  • Senate Task Force on Heroin hearing regarding access to opioid antagonists
  • Assembly Health, Insurance and Substance Abuse Committee hearing on availability of opioid overdose reversal drugs 

Click here for more details on the above mentioned items.

 


2018 Legislative Agenda

The Pharmacy Patient's Right to Care
Transforming access to healthcare for the pharmacy patient in New York State

Expand Patient Access to Care:

  • Improve the Appeals Process for Below-Cost Payments for Generic Drugs
  • Establish Ground Rules for Fair Pharmacy Audits
  • Expand Immunization Authority for Pharmacists
  • Facilitate Synchronization of Medication Refills
  • Comprehensive Medication Management
  • Expand Patient Access to Simple Lab Tests

Protect Patients from the High Cost of Prescription Medications

  • Patient Protection from Clawbacks and Gag Clauses
  • Oversight of PBMs

Protect the Safety of Patients

  • Strengthen Patient Protections Against Mandatory Mail Order for Prescription Drugs
  • Recognize Registered and Certified Pharmacy Technicians

Quick Links and Resources

 

Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) (A123) expands the list of vaccines to include Tdap, authorizes both patient-specific and non-patient specific orders for all vaccines and removes both sunset provisions and the county restriction in current law, removes the required survey report to DOH and allow the COH commissioner to issue a statewide order if there is an outbreak of disease or the threat of a disease outbreak.
 
Senator Hannon, Chair of the Senate health Committee, has confirmed that he will sponsor a matching Senate bill.
 
Talking points for legislative visits.
Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) (A123) expands the list of vaccines to include Tdap, authorizes both patient-specific and non-patient specific orders for all vaccines and removes both sunset provisions and the county restriction in current law, removes the required survey report to DOH and allow the COH commissioner to issue a statewide order if there is an outbreak of disease or the threat of a disease outbreak.
 
Senator Hannon, Chair of the Senate health Committee, has confirmed that he will sponsor a matching Senate bill.
 
Talking points for legislative visits.
Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) (A123) expands the list of vaccines to include Tdap, authorizes both patient-specific and non-patient specific orders for all vaccines and removes both sunset provisions and the county restriction in current law, removes the required survey report to DOH and allow the COH commissioner to issue a statewide order if there is an outbreak of disease or the threat of a disease outbreak.
 
Senator Hannon, Chair of the Senate health Committee, has confirmed that he will sponsor a matching Senate bill.
 
Talking points for legislative visits.
Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) (A123) expands the list of vaccines to include Tdap, authorizes both patient-specific and non-patient specific orders for all vaccines and removes both sunset provisions and the county restriction in current law, removes the required survey report to DOH and allow the COH commissioner to issue a statewide order if there is an outbreak of disease or the threat of a disease outbreak.
 
Senator Hannon, Chair of the Senate health Committee, has confirmed that he will sponsor a matching Senate bill.
 
Talking points for legislative visits.