Pharmacy Freedom of Choice

Under the terms of some pharmacy health plans, patients are required to have their medications filled through mail-order or specialty drug pharmacies. This system has negatively impacted independent pharmacies in Minnesota.

Legislation heard in the Senate Commerce Committee this week seeks to address this issue by mandating that health plan companies allow enrollees to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of their choice to fill prescriptions, so long as the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to the terms and conditions of the patient’s drug benefit plan. In addition, the proposed legislation specifies that no health plan company can impose a co-payment, fee, or requirement for the consumer selecting the pharmacy of choice.

Currently, consumers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin have the ability to choose their pharmacy.

The bill was passed and re-referred to Health, Human Services, and Housing Policy Committee. (S.F. 1530)

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