SB 644

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Joan Huffman

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of a standard request form for prior authorization of prescription drug benefits.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 644 would require the Texas Department of Insurance to create a form that pharmacists would be required to provide to health care professionals who are seeking prior authorization of prescription drug benefits. Currently pharmacies each have their own prior authorization form. Supporters contend that it would be easier for health care professionals to deal with one standard form.

Analysis: SB 644 would mandate to pharmacies what form they are allowed to use. We do not support government mandates on private businesses. We oppose this legislation.