AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE SCORECARD ALERT – Rx Pricing Transparency

March 26, 2021

A North Carolina General Assembly (Senate Bill 257) proposal would increase prescription drug pricing transparency, establish important consumer protections, and help people save at the pharmacy.

The Coalition SUPPORTS to this legislation.

Specifically, SB257 would:

  • Allow pharmacists to share cost information about prescription drugs with patients and sell patients a lower costs drug if one is available. This can help patients save money on their medicine.
  • Require pharmacists to disclose any shipping and handling fees that will be charged to patients for any mailed or delivered prescriptions. Consumers have a right to know the full price up front, including any fees they may have to pay.
  • Require that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are licensed by the State of North Carolina. Licensing will help ensure that PBMs are operating in the best interest of the consumer and working to keep drug costs down. 23 other states require PBMs to be licensed.

Actions related to this bill will be factored into a member’s Affordable Healthcare Grade at the close of the legislative session.


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