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B92902BF87D0A1718725852100642670 Hearing Summary


Date Mar 4, 2020      
Location Old Supreme Court Chamber

HB20-1078 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

11:14:04 AM  

Senator Winter, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1078. The bill establishes certain requirements concerning the rates paid by pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firms to pharmacies. It applies to contracts between pharmacies and PBM firms in effect beginning January 1, 2021. Specifically, the bill states that a PBM firm:

  • cannot reimburse a clean claim from a pharmacy any less than the firm reimburses any affiliate for the same services;
  • cannot reimburse a pharmacy less than four dollars for a reasonable dispensing fee;
  • must reimburse a clean claim using a methodology described in the bill; and
  • may not retroactively reduce payment on a clean claim submitted by a pharmacy. Insurance carriers must annually audit contracted PBM firms for compliance.

Failure to do so is designated as an unfair method of competition and an unfair or deceptive act in the business of insurance.

11:15:51 AM  

Senator Winter responded to questions.

11:18:54 AM  

Gina Moore, Colorado Pharmacists Society and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, testified in support of the bill.

11:22:50 AM  

Dr. Derek Burns, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, testified in support of the bill.

11:25:38 AM  

Jen Palazzolo, Rx Plus Pharmacies, testified in support of the bill and distributed a handout (Attachment A).

11:33:43 AM  

The witness panel responded to questions.

11:38:30 AM  

Senator Winter responded to questions.

11:44:55 AM  

Committee discussion and questions continued.  Dr. Burns responded to questions.

11:49:14 AM  

Rachel Lee, CVS Health, testified in a neutral position on the bill.

11:54:22 AM  

Virginia Morrison Love, American's Health Insurance Plans, responded to committee questions.

11:57:11 AM  

Ms. Lee responded to questions.

12:00:12 PM  

Senator Winter made closing comments.

12:02:55 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1078 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Winter
Crowder Yes
Ginal Yes
Smallwood Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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