Bill Brought Before Cuomo To Give Doctors Final Say On Prescription Medication

Advocates for a prescription drug bill passed by both the State Assembly and Senate, have brought it to Governor Andrew Cuomo for passage. The bill co-sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and voted for by State Senator David Carlucci, hopes to amend a social services law which currently allows the insurer to deny or offer alternatives to doctor prescribed medications. Amy Lowenstein, senior staff attorney with the Empire Justice Center believes in the importance of the “prescriber prevails” provision which Medicaid offers however not honors all requests. CLIP. The bill states that anti-depressants, anti-retrovirals, anti-rejection, seizure, epilepsy, endocrine, hematologic, immunologic, and some antipsychotics should be determined by the prescriber as final though Medicaid managed care plans fear this would increase drug costs. Even with bipartisan support, Cuomo’s earlier budget amendments called to eliminate the rule which he may not waiver from and veto the bill.

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