PSSNY's Legislative Action Center
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)
- 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.
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 physi
cian 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.