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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, […]

Accumulator Adjustment Programs Put Added Burden On People with Diabetes

If you use a copay or discount card to purchase your medicine, listen up. You may find that last year, your deductible was met with a combination of your copay card payment and your personal payment. This year, your insurance plan may have a trick up their […]

California Makes Moves to Ban PBM Gag Clauses on Pharmacists

California’s legislature is entertaining a bill that would, among other things, prevent pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag clauses on pharmacists.

AB-315 amends the Health and Safety Code to include certain requirements for pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. Among the requirements is a ban on gag clauses in contracts […]

Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Gag Clauses Tie Pharmacists’ Hands

Your pharmacist’s hands may be tied when it comes to telling you drug prices.

Gag clauses in contracts with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) prevent pharmacists from telling the truth about the price of some medications.

Currently, patients cannot rely on their pharmacist to give them all […]

How an Idea Becomes a State Law

Have you ever thought to yourself, “there ought to be a law about that”? Working to get state laws introduced, passed, and signed is an important part of diabetes advocacy, especially now that states are taking a very active role in healthcare. Here’s a look through the whole process, […]