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  Date of enactment: March 26, 2021
2021 Senate Bill 3   Date of publication*: March 27, 2021
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2021 WISCONSIN ACT 9
An Act to repeal 40.51 (15m) and 632.86; to renumber 632.865 (1) (a); to renumber and amend 632.865 (1) (c) and 633.01 (4); to amend 40.51 (8), 40.51 (8m), 66.0137 (4), 120.13 (2) (g), 185.983 (1) (intro.), 450.135 (9), 601.31 (1) (w), 601.46 (3) (b), 609.83, 616.09 (1) (a) 2., chapter 633 (title), 633.01 (1) (intro.) and (c), 633.01 (3), 633.01 (5), 633.04 (intro.), 633.05, 633.06, 633.07, 633.09 (4) (b) 2. and 3., 633.11, 633.12 (1) (intro.), (b) and (c), 633.13 (1) and (3), 633.14 (2) (intro.) and (c) 1. and 3. and (3), 633.15 (1) (a), (1m) and (2) (a) 1., 2. and 3. and (b) 1., 633.15 (2) (b) 2. and 633.16; and to create 450.13 (5m), 450.135 (8m), 632.861, 632.865 (1) (ae) and (ak), 632.865 (1) (c) 2., 632.865 (1) (dm), 632.865 (3) to (7), 633.01 (2r), 633.01 (4g), 633.01 (4r), 633.01 (6), 633.15 (2) (b) 1. d. and 633.15 (2) (f) of the statutes; relating to: pharmacy benefit managers, prescription drug benefits, and granting rule-making authority.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
9,1 Section 1 . 40.51 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
40.51 (8) Every health care coverage plan offered by the state under sub. (6) shall comply with ss. 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2), 631.95, 632.72 (2), 632.729, 632.746 (1) to (8) and (10), 632.747, 632.748, 632.798, 632.83, 632.835, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.861, 632.867, 632.87 (3) to (6), 632.885, 632.89, 632.895 (5m) and (8) to (17), and 632.896.
9,2 Section 2 . 40.51 (8m) of the statutes is amended to read:
40.51 (8m) Every health care coverage plan offered by the group insurance board under sub. (7) shall comply with ss. 631.95, 632.729, 632.746 (1) to (8) and (10), 632.747, 632.748, 632.798, 632.83, 632.835, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.861, 632.867, 632.885, 632.89, and 632.895 (11) to (17).
9,3 Section 3 . 40.51 (15m) of the statutes is repealed.
9,4 Section 4 . 66.0137 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0137 (4) Self-insured health plans. If a city, including a 1st class city, or a village provides health care benefits under its home rule power, or if a town provides health care benefits, to its officers and employees on a self-insured basis, the self-insured plan shall comply with ss. 49.493 (3) (d), 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2), 632.729, 632.746 (10) (a) 2. and (b) 2., 632.747 (3), 632.798, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.861, 632.867, 632.87 (4) to (6), 632.885, 632.89, 632.895 (9) to (17), 632.896, and 767.513 (4).
9,5 Section 5 . 120.13 (2) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
120.13 (2) (g) Every self-insured plan under par. (b) shall comply with ss. 49.493 (3) (d), 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2), 632.729, 632.746 (10) (a) 2. and (b) 2., 632.747 (3), 632.798, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.861, 632.867, 632.87 (4) to (6), 632.885, 632.89, 632.895 (9) to (17), 632.896, and 767.513 (4).
9,6 Section 6 . 185.983 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
185.983 (1) (intro.) Every voluntary nonprofit health care plan operated by a cooperative association organized under s. 185.981 shall be exempt from chs. 600 to 646, with the exception of ss. 601.04, 601.13, 601.31, 601.41, 601.42, 601.43, 601.44, 601.45, 611.26, 611.67, 619.04, 623.11, 623.12, 628.34 (10), 631.17, 631.89, 631.93, 631.95, 632.72 (2), 632.729, 632.745 to 632.749, 632.775, 632.79, 632.795, 632.798, 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.861, 632.867, 632.87 (2) to (6), 632.885, 632.89, 632.895 (5) and (8) to (17), 632.896, and 632.897 (10) and chs. 609, 620, 630, 635, 645, and 646, but the sponsoring association shall:
9,7 Section 7 . 450.13 (5m) of the statutes is created to read:
450.13 (5m) Disclosures to consumers. (a) Each pharmacy shall post in a prominent place at or near the place where prescriptions are dispensed a sign that clearly describes a pharmacist's ability under this state's law to substitute a less expensive drug product equivalent under sub. (1s) unless the consumer or the prescribing practitioner has indicated otherwise under sub. (2).
(b) The pharmacy examining board shall create a list of the 100 most commonly prescribed generic drug product equivalents, including the generic and brand names of the drugs, and provide, either directly or on the department's Internet site, the list to each pharmacy on an annual basis. Each pharmacy shall make available to the public information on how to access the list under this paragraph.
(c) Each pharmacy shall have available for the public a listing of the retail price, updated no less frequently than monthly, of the 100 most commonly prescribed prescription drugs, which includes brand name and generic equivalent drugs and biological products and interchangeable biological products, that are available for purchase at the pharmacy.
9,8 Section 8 . 450.135 (8m) of the statutes is created to read:
450.135 (8m) Disclosure to consumers. Each pharmacy shall post in a prominent place at or near the place where prescriptions are dispensed a sign that clearly describes a pharmacist's ability under this state's law to substitute a less expensive interchangeable biological product under sub. (2) unless the consumer or the prescribing practitioner has indicated otherwise under sub. (3).
9,9 Section 9 . 450.135 (9) of the statutes is amended to read:
450.135 (9) Links to be maintained by board. The board shall maintain links on the department's Internet site to the federal food and drug administration's lists of all currently approved interchangeable biological products. Each pharmacy shall make available for the public information on how to access the federal food and drug administration's lists of all currently approved interchangeable biological products through the department's Internet site.
9,10 Section 10 . 601.31 (1) (w) of the statutes is amended to read:
601.31 (1) (w) For initial issuance and for each annual renewal of a license as an administrator or pharmacy benefit manager under ch. 633, $100.
9,11 Section 11 . 601.46 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
601.46 (3) (b) A general review of the insurance business in this state, including a report on emerging regulatory problems, developments and trends, including trends related to prescription drugs;
9,12 Section 12 . 609.83 of the statutes is amended to read:
609.83 Coverage of drugs and devices. Limited service health organizations, preferred provider plans, and defined network plans are subject to ss. 632.853, 632.861, and 632.895 (16t) and (16v).
9,13 Section 13 . 616.09 (1) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
616.09 (1) (a) 2. Plans authorized under s. 616.06 are subject to s. 610.21, 1977 stats., s. 610.55, 1977 stats., s. 610.57, 1977 stats., and ss. 628.34 to 628.39, 1977 stats., to chs. 600, 601, 620, 625, 627 and 645, to ss. 632.72, 632.755, 632.86 632.861 and 632.87 and to this subchapter except s. 616.08.
9,14 Section 14 . 632.86 of the statutes is repealed.
9,15 Section 15 . 632.861 of the statutes is created to read:
632.861 Prescription drug charges. (1) Definitions. In this section:
(a) “Disability insurance policy” has the meaning given in s. 632.895 (1) (a).
(b) “Enrollee” means an individual who is covered under a disability insurance policy or a self-insured health plan.
(c) “Pharmacy benefit manager” has the meaning given in s. 632.865 (1) (c).
(d) “Prescription drug” has the meaning given in s. 450.01 (20).
(e) “Prescription drug benefit” has the meaning given in s. 632.865 (1) (e).
(f) “Self-insured health plan” has the meaning given in s. 632.85 (1) (c).
(2) Allowing disclosures. (a) A disability insurance policy or self-insured health plan that provides a prescription drug benefit may not restrict, directly or indirectly, any pharmacy that dispenses a prescription drug to an enrollee in the policy or plan from informing, or penalize such pharmacy for informing, an enrollee of any differential between the out-of-pocket cost to the enrollee under the policy or plan with respect to acquisition of the drug and the amount an individual would pay for acquisition of the drug without using any health plan or health insurance coverage.
(b) A disability insurance policy or self-insured health plan that provides a prescription drug benefit shall ensure that any pharmacy benefit manager that provides services under a contract with the policy or plan does not, with respect to such policy or plan, restrict, directly or indirectly, any pharmacy that dispenses a prescription drug to an enrollee in the policy or plan from informing, or penalize such pharmacy for informing, an enrollee of any differential between the out-of-pocket cost to the enrollee under the policy or plan with respect to acquisition of the drug and the amount an individual would pay for acquisition of the drug without using any health plan or health insurance coverage.
(3) Cost-sharing limitation. A disability insurance policy or self-insured health plan that provides a prescription drug benefit or a pharmacy benefit manager that provides services under a contract with a policy or plan may not require an enrollee to pay at the point of sale for a covered prescription drug an amount that is greater than the lowest of all of the following amounts:
(a) The cost-sharing amount for the prescription drug for the enrollee under the policy or plan.
(b) The amount a person would pay for the prescription drug if the enrollee purchased the prescription drug at the dispensing pharmacy without using any health plan or health insurance coverage.
(4) Drug substitution. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), a disability insurance policy that offers a prescription drug benefit, a self-insured health plan that offers a prescription drug benefit, or a pharmacy benefit manager acting on behalf of a disability insurance policy or self-insured health plan shall provide to an enrollee advanced written notice of a formulary change that removes a prescription drug from the formulary of the policy or plan or that reassigns a prescription drug to a benefit tier for the policy or plan that has a higher deductible, copayment, or coinsurance. The advanced written notice of a formulary change under this paragraph shall be provided no fewer than 30 days before the expected date of the removal or reassignment and shall include information on the procedure for the enrollee to request an exception to the formulary change. The policy, plan, or pharmacy benefit manager is required to provide the advanced written notice under this paragraph only to those enrollees in the policy or plan who are using the drug at the time the notification must be sent according to available claims history.
(b) 1. A disability insurance policy, self-insured health plan, or pharmacy benefit manager is not required to provide advanced written notice under par. (a) if the prescription drug that is to be removed or reassigned is any of the following:
a. No longer approved by the federal food and drug administration.
b. The subject of a notice, guidance, warning, announcement, or other statement from the federal food and drug administration relating to concerns about the safety of the prescription drug.
c. Approved by the federal food and drug administration for use without a prescription.
2. A disability insurance policy, self-insured health plan, or pharmacy benefit manager is not required to provide advanced written notice under par. (a) if, for the prescription drug that is being removed from the formulary or reassigned to a benefit tier that has a higher deductible, copayment, or coinsurance, the policy, plan, or pharmacy benefit manager adds to the formulary a generic prescription drug that is approved by the federal food and drug administration for use as an alternative to the prescription drug or a prescription drug in the same pharmacologic class or with the same mechanism of action at any of the following benefit tiers:
a. The same benefit tier from which the prescription drug is being removed or reassigned.
b. A benefit tier that has a lower deductible, copayment, or coinsurance than the benefit tier from which the prescription drug is being removed or reassigned.
(c) A pharmacist or pharmacy shall notify an enrollee in a disability insurance policy or self-insured health plan if a prescription drug for which an enrollee is filling or refilling a prescription is removed from the formulary and the policy or plan or a pharmacy benefit manager acting on behalf of a policy or plan adds to the formulary a generic prescription drug that is approved by the federal food and drug administration for use as an alternative to the prescription drug or a prescription drug in the same pharmacologic class or with the same mechanism of action at any of the following benefit tiers:
1. The same benefit tier from which the prescription drug is being removed or reassigned.
2. A benefit tier that has a lower deductible, copayment, or coinsurance than the benefit tier from which the prescription drug is being removed or reassigned.
(d) If an enrollee has had an adverse reaction to the generic prescription drug or the prescription drug in the same pharmacologic class or with the same mechanism of action that is being substituted for an originally prescribed drug, the pharmacist or pharmacy may extend the prescription order for the originally prescribed drug to fill one 30-day supply of the originally prescribed drug for the cost-sharing amount that applies to the prescription drug at the time of the substitution.
9,16 Section 16 . 632.865 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 632.865 (1) (aw).
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