With regard to coverage under a health benefit plan for HIV infection prevention medications, the bill:
- Prevents a health insurance carrier from requiring a covered person to undergo step therapy or to receive prior authorization before receiving HIV infection prevention drugs;
- Requires carriers to cover HIV infection prevention drugs prescribed or dispensed by a pharmacist and to provide an adequate consultative fee to those pharmacists;
- Allows a pharmacist to prescribe and dispense HIV infection prevention drugs pursuant to a standing order or a statewide protocol if the pharmacist fulfills specific requirements;
- Directs the department of public health and environment to develop and implement a standing order for pharmacists to prescribe HIV infection prevention drugs; and
- Directs the state board of pharmacy, the Colorado medical board, and the state board of nursing, in collaboration with the department of public health and environment, to develop statewide drug therapy protocols for pharmacists to prescribe and dispense HIV infection prevention drugs.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)