Bill Text: TX SB1076 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to amounts charged to an enrollee in a health benefit plan for prescription drugs covered by the plan.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 17-3)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-12 - Effective on 9/1/17 [SB1076 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB1076-Enrolled.html
 
 
  S.B. No. 1076
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to amounts charged to an enrollee in a health benefit plan
  for prescription drugs covered by the plan.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 1369.001, Insurance Code, is amended by
  adding Subdivision (2-a) to read as follows:
               (2-a)  "Enrollee" means an individual who is covered
  under a health benefit plan, including a covered dependent.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter A, Chapter 1369, Insurance Code, is
  amended by adding Section 1369.0041 to read as follows:
         Sec. 1369.0041.  CERTAIN PAYMENTS AND REFILLS. (a)  A
  health benefit plan issuer that covers prescription drugs may not
  require an enrollee to make a payment for a prescription drug at the
  point of sale in an amount greater than the lesser of:
               (1)  the applicable copayment;
               (2)  the allowable claim amount for the prescription
  drug; or
               (3)  the amount an individual would pay for the drug if
  the individual purchased the drug without using a health benefit
  plan or any other source of drug benefits or discounts.
         (b)  A health benefit plan that covers prescription eye drops
  to treat a chronic eye disease or condition must allow the refill of
  prescription eye drops if the enrollee timely pays at the point of
  sale the maximum amount allowed by Subsection (a) and:
               (1)  the original prescription states that additional
  quantities of the eye drops are needed; 
               (2)  the refill does not exceed the total quantity of
  dosage units authorized by the prescribing provider on the original
  prescription, including refills; and 
               (3)  the refill is dispensed on or before the last day
  of the prescribed dosage period and:
                     (A)  not earlier than the 21st day after the date a
  prescription for a 30-day supply of eye drops is dispensed;
                     (B)  not earlier than the 42nd day after the date a
  prescription for a 60-day supply of eye drops is dispensed; or
                     (C)  not earlier than the 63rd day after the date a
  prescription for a 90-day supply of eye drops is dispensed.
         SECTION 3.  Section 1369.0041, Insurance Code, as added by
  this Act, applies only to a health benefit plan that is delivered,
  issued for delivery, or renewed on or after January 1, 2018. A plan
  delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed before January 1, 2018,
  is governed by the law as it existed immediately before the
  effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for
  that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1076 passed the Senate on
  April 19, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 26, 2017, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1076 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 21, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 131,
  Nays 10, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor
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