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5 Takeaways for Diabetes from the Blueprint on Prescription Drug Prices

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On Friday, May 11, 2018, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and President Trump gave quick speeches about how the United States would address drug pricing. At the same […]

Illinois Bills would Protect Patients from Non-Medical Switching!

Illinois is taking steps to limit insurance companies from forcing patients to switch doctors and medications based on cost.

H.B. 4146 prevents insurance plans from making you switch doctors mid-contract year. It amends the Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act to ensure that insurance companies cover […]

Pennsylvania Bill Would Protect Patients from Non-Medical Switching

Pennsylvania is taking steps to limit insurance companies from forcing patients to switch medications based on cost.

H.B. 2113 would prohibit a health care plan from ceasing to cover a prescription drug during a contract year if a patient is stable on their medication by amending the Unfair […]

BREAKING NEWS: CMS TO ALLOW SMART DEVICES FOR CGM DATA

From the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services website, published today (Monday, June 11, 2018):

Based on input from patients and other stakeholders, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing important changes in its written policies regarding how Medicare covers continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). These changes […]

Why I Advocate: Moira McCarthy Stanford

We are thrilled to kick off a new blog series called Why I Advocate. Over the next few months, DPAC will share stories from members of our community to learn why they choose to speak up. Our DPAC Patient Advisory Board members will be the first to share what […]

New York Bills Would Protect Patients from Non-Medical Switching

New York is taking steps to limit insurance companies from forcing patients to switch medications based on cost.

S. 5022 and A. 2317 would prohibit a health care plan from making prescription drug formulary changes during a contract year. S. 5022 was introduced in March 2017 and […]

South Carolina Bills Would Ban PBM Gag Clauses on Pharmacists!

The South Carolina House is entertaining bills that would, among other things, prevent pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag clauses on pharmacists.

S. 0815 / H. 5038 / H. 5044 would prevent PBMs from putting gag clauses in their contracts with pharmacists. The bill was introduced in the Senate […]

Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban PBM Gag Clauses

The Pennsylvania Senate is entertaining a bill that would, among other things, prevent pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag clauses on pharmacists.

SB 637 would prevent PBMs from putting gag clauses in their contracts with pharmacists. The bill was introduced in April 2017, and reintroduced in December 2017. Currently, […]

Senate Hearing on Insulin Pricing

On May 8, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on “Insulin Access and Affordability: The Rising Cost of Treatment.” While we are pleased that the Senate is aware of this important issue, the hearing left us frustrated with its lack of meaningful solutions.

New Yorkers Have an Opportunity to Ban PBM Gag Clauses!

The New York Assembly is entertaining two bills that would, among other things, prevent pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag clauses on pharmacists.

S07191A and A09893 would prevent PBMs from putting gag clauses in their contracts with pharmacists. The bills were introduced in January and February of 2018. Currently, […]