Skip to main content
Colorado General AssemblyToggle Main Menu
Agency NameToggle Agency Menu

0ABE3DC7C44FCDF68725826D00711921 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 12, 2018      
Location SCR 354

HB18-1284 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:35:21 PM  

Senators Kefalas and Martinez Humenik, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1284.  This bill prohibits a health insurance carrier or pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) from:

  • requiring that a pharmacist charge a covered person a copayment that exceeds the amount billed to the health plan by the pharmacist; or
  • prohibiting or penalizing a pharmacist from informing a covered person about cost sharing amounts for a prescription drug or the clinical efficacy of a more affordable alternative drug.

If the Commissioner of Insurance determines that a carrier or PBM violates these provisions, the commissioner must institute a corrective action plan for the carrier and may use other existing enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance.

02:37:29 PM  
Jo Hubchik, Colorado Chronic Care Collaborative, testified in support of the bill.
02:41:29 PM  

Dr. Tim Hutton, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), testified in support of the bill.

02:44:05 PM  

Dr. Sally Berger, CAFP, testified in support of the bill.

02:46:20 PM  
Senator Kefalas responded to questions.
02:48:32 PM  

Jennifer Jones, Colorado Bio Science Association, testified in support of the bill.

02:50:21 PM  
Diane Robinson, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
02:51:40 PM  

Senator Smallwood recessed the meeting.

02:52:28 PM  

Senator Smallwood reconvened the meeting.

02:54:49 PM  

Emily Zadvorny, Colorado Pharmacists Society, testified in support of the bill.

02:58:32 PM  

Alyson Williams, Health District of Northern Larimer County, testified in support of the bill.

03:03:17 PM  
Committee discussion and questions followed.
03:05:22 PM  
Jo Hubchik returned to the table and responded to questions.
03:08:32 PM  
Senators Kefalas and Martinez Humenik made closing comments.

03:11:35 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1284 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Crowder
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

Colorado legislature email addresses ending in are no longer active. Please replace with for Colorado legislature email addresses. Details

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