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CSRO Policy Update, August 2018, Issue 7

As the last of the 2018 regular sessions wind down across the states, CSRO is happy to report that the year to date has been marked by a number of successes on the patient access front. As

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Illinois Enacts Non-medical Switching Protections

On Friday, August 24th, Illinois’ Governor signed HB4146 into law, providing patients much needed protections from non-medical switching.

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CSRO Discusses Part B and D with CMS

Members of CSRO’s executive board recently met with CMS to discuss Part B and D drug pricing. Doctors Michael Schweitz, Madelaine Feldman, Greg Schimizzi traveled to D.C. to present CSRO’s feedback on recent proposals and provide rheumatology’s perspective on the programs.

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CSRO attends National Conference of State Legislatures

Each year state legislators from across the country congregate to discuss innovative solutions that can be implemented to solve problems faced in common by various state legislatures.

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2018 Session Capped with Approval of Three States’ Biosimilar Measures

Over the course of the past year, interchangeable biosimilar substitution laws with physician communication provisions have continued to find enormous success in the states.

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CSRO Responds to RFI Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs

CSRO has submitted their comments regarding the Request for Information (RFI) by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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CSRO Attends FSR Conference

CSRO staff was pleased to attend the 2018 Florida Society of Rheumatology Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Maine Legislature Moves to Protect Patients

Late in Maine’s 2018 session, the legislature passed two separate patient protections measures of benefit to patients battling chronic illnesses.

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Minnesota Enacts Step-therapy Reform Measure

On Friday, May 15th, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed HF3196 into law providing important patient protections to Minnesota patients.

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Non-Medical Switching Protections Advance in Illinois

HB4146, a bill that protects patients from mid-year formulary changes, has been making steady progress in the Illinois legislature this year. After passing the House, it was assigned to the Special Committee of Medicaid Managed Care, where it was heard in a subject matter hearing on Wednesday, May 9th.

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