AB 671 – CaliforniaStatus: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
Medi-Cal: pharmacy benefits.
Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which health care services are provided to qualified low-income persons pursuant to a schedule of benefits, which includes pharmacy benefits, through various health care delivery systems, including fee-for-service and managed care. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.
Existing law authorizes the department to contract with a vendor for the purposes of surveying drug price information, collecting data from providers, wholesalers, or drug manufacturers, and calculating a proposed actual acquisition cost. Existing law authorizes the department to establish a list of maximum allowable ingredient cost for generically equivalent drugs, and to establish the actual acquisition cost based on 3 specified factors, including the volume weighted actual acquisition cost adjusted by the department to verify that the actual acquisition cost represents the average purchase price paid by retail pharmacies in California, or the proposed actual acquisition cost as calculated by a vendor, as specified. Existing law requires the department to establish a fee schedule for the list of pharmacist services. Existing law specifies the pharmacist services that may be provided to a Medi-Cal beneficiary.
This bill would authorize the department to provide a disease management or similar payment to a pharmacy that the department has contracted with to dispense a specialty drug to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in an amount necessary to ensure beneficiary access, as determined by the department based on the results of the survey completed during the 2020 calendar year.
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