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Patient Choice In Pharmacy

Concerning the ability of a person eligible for prescription drug benefits to choose the pharmacy at which to fill a prescription drug order.
2016 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a health benefit plan or pharmacy benefit management firm that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug coverage, from:
  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of the covered person's choice if certain conditions are met;
  • Imposing a co-payment, fee, or other cost-sharing requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist, or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details