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Pharmacy Bills Advance in 'Dog Days' of Session

Thursday, May 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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The days (and nights) are getting longer with less than three weeks left in the 86th Legislative Session. Pharmacy priority legislation has made great strides this session, but “it ain’t over until it’s over.” Here is the status of some pharmacy priority legislation with recent or upcoming activity:

  • HB 3441 (payment for pharmacist services/pay parity) by Chairman Eddie Lucio III, which has already passed the House, was voted out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee this week and placed on the Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar. The same has occurred with HB 1757, which adds/recognizes pharmacists as practitioners in the Insurance Code.
  • SB 1056 (collaborative practice) by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, which has already passed the Senate, was passed out of the House Public Health Committee yesterday and awaits passage on the House Floor.
  • HB 1455, regarding wholesale audits, passed the House and was heard in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee yesterday.
  • HB 1905, regarding due process protection before termination from a health plan, was amended onto HB 1914 on the House floor this week.
  • HB 2817, commercial PBM reform legislation by Chairman Lucio, which also incorporates several provisions from HB 2231 by Rep. Tom Oliverson, will be heard on Tuesday in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. Please take action and contact your State Senator today!
  • There is still the “hail Mary” possibility for the skinnied-down “test and treat” legislation to be heard in the Senate. The modified bill only allows for furnishing antiviral medication after hours and on weekends to persons 18 years and older with a positive CLIA-waived test for influenza.

 Mary Tran Young (right), TPA student pharmacist representative, explains pharmacy's policy priorities with a legislative staff member at the State Capitol.
Mary Tran Young (right), TPA student pharmacist representative, explains pharmacy's policy priorities with a legislative staff member at the State Capitol.


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