On Mon., March 27, the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), heardSB 1550. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jason Brodeur(R-Lake Mary), passed with a unanimous vote in its first committee. Below are a few notable remarks made during the meeting:
·“We have, as a state, been looking at this for a long time, as have a ton of other states…Forty-one states have banned clawbacks, which we’re doing. Thirty-one states have banned mail-order mandates, which we’re doing. Seventeen states have banned arbitrary specialty pharmacy accreditation, which we’re doing. Twelve states have banned steering, which we’re doing. Thirteen states have banned spread pricing, which we’re doing. And so, what I would tell you is…in the words of the Montana insurance commissioner, what we’re trying to do is at least ‘turn on a bright light inside the big black box.’ And if we do that, I think that consumers are going to win.” – Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary)
·“I’ve been in this fight a very long time, and today is a very good day… For me, the most important part of this bill is transparency. We need to know exactly what is happening. We need to know where our money is going. And we need to make sure that the patient is at the center of what we do…At the end of the day, this is a huge step forward. I can’t tell you how delighted I am to vote for this bill today.” – Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart)
·“The bill will make an immediate positive impact for patients at the pharmacy counter by ensuring that rebates received from pharmaceutical manufacturers go directly to lower out of pocket costs and copays and premiums, rather than just lining the pockets of corporate executives and shareholders…And small businesses like mine will be protected from surprise bills, clawbacks, things like this from predatory insurance companies…Transparency and accountability are finally coming to an industry that’s desperately needed it.” – Dr. Kevin Duane, EMPOWER Patients Coalition Member/Independent Pharmacy Owner
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You can also read Florida Politics’ coverage of the meeting here.
HB 1509 Passes Unanimously in First Committee
And on Tues., March 28, the House Healthcare Regulation Committee, chaired by Rep. Chuck Clemons (R-Jonesville), heard HB 1509, sponsored by Rep. Linda Chaney (R-St. Petersburg). Like SB 1550, the bill passed with a unanimous vote in its first committee. Some notable remarks made during the meeting include:
· “I am a small business champion and a very strong advocate of consumer choice, and that’s exactly what this bill is going to do. And I’m really looking forward to all of the reporting and transparency that we have in this bill, all the way through the supply chain, not only the PBMS, but the pharmaceutical manufacturers, and what that’s going to reveal to us.” – Rep. Linda Chaney (R-St. Petersburg)
· “This is capitalism gone amok…The level of greed is at an exponential level, and it should be tolerated in no free society. In this wonder that we have the organization of government that we do because, in a level of government that’s less than ours, some of these folks would be running from pitchforks – because they steal. They’re stealing from sick people. And all I can say is, you better get good with your maker, because you may rot in hell for some of these things that have happened in the past. And I’m glad, Representative Chaney, that you have shined the light, because the light is the best disinfectant that there ever can be.” – Rep. Chuck Clemons (R-Jonesville)
· “[This bill] ensures that pharmacies will remain stable and continue to provide the ability to provide pharmacy care for Floridians. Transparency and accountability are desperately needed in this landscape, in this state. And this bill delivers both robustly.” – Dr. Kevin Duane, EMPOWER Patients Coalition Member/Independent Pharmacy Owner
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