On July 10, Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy signed into law Senate Bill 445, which creates a more transparent process for the patient when paying for prescriptions at the pharmacy.
“This would not have been possible without the persistence and willingness from volunteers who took the time to reach out to lawmakers and champion on behalf of this legislation,” says Shaina Smith, director of State Advocacy and Alliance Development. “Thank you.”
The new law will now ban pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from prohibiting pharmacists from disclosing information about all of the available payment options to a patient. In other words, the bill ends the deceptive practice of PBM “clawbacks,” which will save patients, insurers and the health care system money, while preventing PBMs from interfering with pharmacists’ ability to provide high-quality, efficient care for the patients they serve.
To read more about the bill and its impact, check out this article in the National Pain Report.