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SB 137 (BR 1112) - J. Denton, J. Higdon

     AN ACT relating to prescription drugs and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 315.400 to define "interpharmacy medication exchange" and exclude it from the definition of "wholesale distributor"; amend KRS 205.6312 to require a copayment of $1 for generic drugs, $2 for preferred brand-name drugs, and $3 for non-preferred brand-name drugs for prescription or over-the-counter drugs; require a recipient receiving benefits under a Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) with a copayment that exceeds $3 in effect on November 1, 2011, to comply with the copayment in effect on November 1, 2011; require the copayments to apply to all MCOs except an MCO operating under a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver as of January 1, 2011; prohibit the copayments to be deducted from any copayment due to a pharmacy from a Medicaid MCO unless the copayment was being charged and deducted from reimbursement on January 1, 2012; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require a Medicaid MCO to contract individually with each Kentucky pharmacy included in the MCO's health benefit plan provided to Kentucky Medicaid recipients; EMERGENCY.

     Feb 2-introduced in Senate
     Feb 7-to Health & Welfare (S)

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