Rx Synchronization Bill Signed into Law

Armstrong Bill to Help Patients with Ongoing Rx Needs
Get Their Medications at One Time Signed into Law

New Mexicans Now Able to Get Rx More Easily, Consistently

 

HB 274, a bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong to require health insurance plans in the state to cover prescriptions for less than a 30-day supply of a medication, if that prescription is written in an effort to synchronize the refills of multiple, ongoing medications taken by the patient, was signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday.

“This change in the law is great news for our state. Many New Mexicans – especially our seniors – take more than one prescription medication each day,” Armstrong said. “Now that the refills of those prescriptions can be easily synchronized, patients can have all of their prescriptions filled at the same time each month. That means fewer trips to the pharmacy and fewer missed refills and missed medications, which can jeopardize patient health.”

HB 274 amends the Health Care Purchasing Act to include a section on prescription synchronization. The only impact the law has on coverage providers is their need to cover the less-than-30-day supply prescriptions that would be required to get all of a patient’s prescription refills on the same schedule. Once the prescriptions are synchronized, they would be covered as usual by the plan provider.

“Prescription medications are a critical part of health care,” Armstrong said. “Being able to regularly and easily get prescriptions refilled will make it simpler for patients to take the medications they need on an ongoing basis, which will ultimately help New Mexicans stay healthier.”

Having been signed into law by the governor, the prescription synchronization requirements will go into effect on June 19, 90 days after the last day of the 2015 Legislative session.

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About Rep. Armstrong: Debbie is a long-time health care advocate. Having started her career as a physical therapist, she has worked extensively as a health care administrator, working 10 years with Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe. Prior to serving as Secretary of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Terms Services Department, she oversaw the department’s Consumer and Elder Rights Division. Debbie is the mother of three adult children. She lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.  Follow her on Twitter @NMRepArmstrong and on Facebook, and sign up for email and text updates.

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