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2017 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:

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

Protect Patients from the High Cost of Prescription Medications:

  • Patient Protection from Clawbacks
  • Transparency/PBM as a Fiduciary

Protect the Safety of Patients:

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


Legislative Update (November 2016):

2016 Legislative Session Update (Sept 2016)

Focus areas:

  • PBM Audit Reform bill
  • Medicaid FFS Budget cuts to pharmacy

Current Action Campaigns:


Quick Links and Resources

 


Recently passed legislation:

MAC Appeals Passes Into Law March 10, 2016
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Immunizer Reform and Expansion signed into Law

Among the first bills to be transmitted to the Governor when the 2015 session ended was S4739-A Hannon, the bill that adds Tdap and moves the sunset to July 1, 2019 among other provisions. When he signed it into law it became Chapter 46 of the Laws of 2015.

 

Recently passed compounding regulations

'Outsourcing Facilities' that compound drugs for office use.  This was adopted as emergency regulations effective June 29th, 2014.  Click here to read the Regulations adopted June 24, 2014.



Other Focus Topics:

Anti-Mandatory Mail Order (AMMO) Reform

In the 2015-2016 Legislative Session bills have been introduced in both houses that will strategically remove sections of  NYS Insurance Law that have blocked consumers from obtaining  prescription drugs from local network pharmacies.  Senate bill S2530 is sponsored Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn), and the Assembly bill A6194 is sponsored by Assembly Member Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx).  The Senate bill has five additional co-sponsors, and the Assembly bill has 55 additional co-sponsors.
 
The legislation leaves intact the most important aspects of the law.  Consumers should have the same co-payment whether they opt for a local pharmacy or the mail pharmacy alternative, and health plans should pay the same for the drug whether it is dispensed by the neighborhood  pharmacy or the mail pharmacy.  Participating community pharmacies are required by law to accept the same reimbursement as mail order.
 
The bills remove the extra provisions in current law that have blocked community pharmacies from dispensing drugs otherwise covered by mail order programs.  Today, a network participating local pharmacy would need to have signed a separate contract that includes terms and conditions that are entirely unsuited to community pharmacies.  

Medication Synchronization

S2809 Lanza/A4036 Quart

Legislation amending the NYS Insurance Law requires insurers to cover prescriptions that are partially-filled when the pharmacy is synchronizing a patient’s medications so that refills are all due on the same day each month.  The bill requires the co-payment to be pro-rated but the full dispensing fee paid for each prescription. PSSNY support memo is available

 

Collaborative Drug Therapy Management

The Report prepared by the NYS Board of Pharmacy and released to the NYS Legislature in May, 2014 entitled “The Impact of Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration on Medication-related Outcomes: Results of the NYS Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Pilot Project” is an important document that signals the end of  CDTM as a demonstration project and leads the way to a new and more comprehensive approach to scope expansion for the profession.  
 
Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga) is the sponsor of A5805, legislation that would authorize a CDTM-certified pharmacist to enter into a practice agreement with a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that would establish the parameters within which the CDTM pharmacist would change dosages, order laboratory tests and otherwise manage individual patients’ medication therapy. Additional Information is Available.
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.