SB 481 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 481
SPONSORS: Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Rep. Danielson, Hills. 7; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1; Rep. Massimilla, Graf. 1; Rep. Luneau, Merr. 10
COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services
This bill establishes a committee to study the impact of pharmacy benefit manager operations on cost, administration, and distribution of prescription drugs.
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02/15/2018 0511s 18-2904
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
143:1 Statement of Intent. The general court recognizes that rising health care expenditures are a critical issue to the citizens of New Hampshire. While the distribution and reimbursement of prescription drugs is a complex national issue that encompasses numerous entities, the role and oversight of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which sit in the middle of this ecosystem wield significant decision making power. At least one New Hampshire health care insurer has recently announced changes to the use of PBMs which is expected to lower costs. The study committee established in this act will review the PBM system to determine whether changes to New Hampshire's PBM statutes could assist insurers in lowering related costs.
I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:
(a) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
(b) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.
I. Study the role pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) play in the cost, administration, and distribution of prescription drugs. The committee's study shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) The effects of PBMs on the overall costs of health insurers.
(b) PBMs use of "clawbacks" and "gag clauses" and the impact on consumer costs and rebates.
(c) The impact of PBMs with respect to retail pharmacy pricing decisions.
(d) A review of appropriate PBM oversight and the potential for such oversight to aid in lowering drug costs to consumers.
(e) A review of the potential differences in costs for insurers that use PBMs to manage pharmacy benefits and insurers that independently manage this benefit.
(f) Access to pharmacies.
II. The committee may solicit input from any person or entity the committee deems relevant to its study.
143:5 Chairperson; Quorum. The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named senate member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Three members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.
143:6 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2018.
Approved: May 30, 2018
Effective Date: May 30, 2018
|Feb. 6, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
|April 4, 2018||House||Hearing|
|April 17, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|April 26, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 1|
|Feb. 6, 2018||Hearing: 02/06/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:30 pm; SC 6|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0511s, 02/15/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 8|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Committee Amendment # 2018-0511s, AA, VV; 02/15/2018; SJ 4|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-0511s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/15/2018; SJ 4|
|March 7, 2018||Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 7 P. 52|
|April 4, 2018||Public Hearing: 04/04/2018 02:00 PM LOB 205|
|April 17, 2018||Executive Session: 04/17/2018 10:00 AM LOB 205|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 16-4; RC)|
|April 26, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/26/2018 (Vote 16-4; RC) HC 16 P. 13|
|April 26, 2018||Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/26/2018|
|May 3, 2018||Enrolled 05/03/2018|
|May 3, 2018||Enrolled (In recess 05/03/2018); SJ 17|
|May 30, 2018||Signed by the Governor on 05/30/2018; Chapter 0143; Effective 05/30/2018|