Prescription Drugs – Rx
Related Pages in Prescriptions Drugs – Rx Section
♦ Manufacturer Discounts & Assistance
- Bronze Plan – How are Drugs Reimbursed?
- Is my prescription on the formulary – approved list?
- Rx – Prescription Drug Increases
- Rx – UM – Utilization Guidelines
- Rx Comments, Discussion, News breaking articles and Further Detail
- Rx for Mental Illness
Prescription Drugs – Rx are an essential mandatory benefit of Health Care Reform. Watch this page for more information. Be careful of the narrow lists – formularies under Health Care Reform.
Some insurers are alleged to be using Rx costs and formularies to discourage people with Pre-Exisiting Conditions from enrolling, despite Health Care Reforms promise of Guaranteed Issue and no Pre-X. Learn More⇒ CA Health Line 1.29.2015
NEW Laws & Regulations effective 1.1.2017 AB 1305, 339 & 1954 SB 999 – Deductible & OOP Maximums FAQ’s
(a) A health plan does not provide essential health benefits unless it:
(1) Subject to the exception in paragraph (b) of this section, covers at least the greater of:
(i) One drug in every United States Pharmacopeia (USP) category and class; or
(ii) The same number of prescription drugs in each category and class as the EHB-benchmark plan;
California Benchmark Plans
(2) Submits its drug list to the Exchange, the State, or OPM.
(b) A health plan does not fail to provide EHB prescription drug benefits solely because it does not offer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a service described in §156.280(d) of this subchapter. (c) A health plan providing essential health benefits must have procedures in place that allow an enrollee to request and gain access to clinically appropriate drugs [medically necessary?] not covered by the health plan.
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California Senate Bill (SB) 1021 – Copayment Limits to Retail Prescription Drug Pricing