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Sponsors: Reps. M.A. Pitts, Bedingfield, J.R. Smith, Walker, D.C. Smith, Mahaffey, Bales, Herbkersman, Jefferson, Littlejohn, Shoopman, Witherspoon, Spires, Weeks, Umphlett, Vick and Bowers
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Introduced in the House on February 5, 2008
Currently residing in the House Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
Summary: Pharmacy benefits manager
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/5/2008 House Introduced and read first time HJ-11 2/5/2008 House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry HJ-11 2/7/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Spires, Weeks 2/12/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Umphlett 4/9/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Vick, Bowers
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-35 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER FROM DISCRIMINATING WHEN CONTRACTING WITH PHARMACIES ON THE BASIS OF CO-PAYMENTS OR DAYS OF SUPPLY, TO REQUIRE A CONTRACT TO APPLY THE SAME COINSURANCE, CO-PAYMENT, AND DEDUCTIBLE TO COVERED PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED BY ANY PHARMACY, AND TO DEFINE "PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGER".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 1, Chapter 71, Title 38 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-35. (A) A pharmacy benefits manager may not discriminate when contracting with pharmacies on the basis of co-payments or days of supply. A contract shall apply the same coinsurance, co-payment, and deductible to covered drug prescriptions filled ay any pharmacy, including a mail-order pharmacy or pharmacist who participates in the network.
(B) As used in this section, 'pharmacy benefits manager' means a person, business, or other entity that performs pharmacy benefits management. The term includes a person or entity acting for a pharmacy benefits manager in a contractual or employment relationship in the performance of pharmacy benefits management for a covered entity and includes mail-order pharmacy."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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