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Relating to the availability under Medicaid of certain drugs used to treat human immunodeficiency virus or prevent acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1283 would prohibit the Health and Human Services Commission or managed care organizations from requiring certain actions in Medicaid related to dispensing of antiretroviral drugs for HIV (e.g., prior authorization or step therapy). This bill would codify what is already HHSC policy. More specifically, this bill would prevent patients from having to experiment with lower-cost drugs and fail before accessing higher cost medications.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 1283 because it does not affect our liberty principles.