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Pharmacy industry voices opposition to California's effort to prohibit discriminatory PBM practices

| Apr 4, 2022 | California

Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) is sponsoring a bill that would prevent pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from discriminating against 340B-covered entities for which they’re statutorily required to provide discounted prescription drugs. While the Senate Health Committee recently voted to advance the bill, pushing it closer to a full Senate floor vote,...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers work to protect 340B entities from PBM practices

| Mar 3, 2022 | Colorado

Supporters of a bipartisan initiative in Colorado to restrict discriminatory pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices say the contracting practices of PBMs and other third-party payers is reducing medication access for 340B-covered patients. House Bill 1122, sponsored by Rep. Perry Will (R - New Castle), would prohibit PBMs from reimbursing a...[ Read More ]

5 Slides We're Discussing: The policy implications of new medicines

| Nov 17, 2021 | Michigan

Panelists discussed the importance of transparency and need for cost reductions on specialty drugs in State of Reform’s recent virtual conversation “5 Slides We’re Discussing: The policy implications of new medicines.”  The experts called on pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be more transparent in their pricing and...[ Read More ]

Texas drug-pricing transparency bill passes full Legislature

Sara Gentzler | May 24, 2019 | Texas

A drug-pricing transparency bill that aims to establish reporting requirements for pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, health plans, and pharmacy benefit managers passed the full Texas Legislature this week. The House of Representatives concurred with Senate amendments to HB 2536 on Friday -- now, it awaits signatures from both presiding officers and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Greg Vigdor, Anne Winter, health care bills

| Apr 19, 2019 | Arizona

Next week, we release our list of speakers lined up for the 2019 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a great group of some of the most thoughtful folks in Arizona health care and health policy, timed following the (fingers crossed) end of the legislative session. This year's event...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Anne Winter, Health Management Associates

Sara Gentzler | Apr 17, 2019 | Arizona

Anne Winter, Principal at Health Management Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss Pharmacy Benefit Managers and efforts to increase price transparency. "So, I spend a lot of time thinking about PBMs. I came out of a PBM before I came to...[ Read More ]