Citations Affected: IC 12-8-15.
Synopsis: Prescription drug card program. Requires the secretary of
family and social services to establish a prescription drug card program
through which negotiated benefits related to the purchase of a
prescription drug are available to certain residents.
Effective: July 1, 2004.
January 12, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
SECTION 1. IC 12-8-15 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 15. Prescription Drug Card Program
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "cardholder" means an individual who is issued a prescription drug card by the secretary under section 3 of this chapter.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the prescription drug card program established under section 3 of this chapter.
Sec. 3. The secretary shall establish a prescription drug card program through which:
(1) the secretary contracts with a pharmacy benefit manager or other person to negotiate benefits related to the purchase of prescription drugs, including negotiation of prescription drug prices with prescription drug manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to obtain for cardholders the lowest
available price for prescription drugs; and
(2) each resident of Indiana who:
(A) applies to the secretary for a prescription drug card; and
(B) does not have access to payment for prescription drugs through a third party;
is issued a prescription drug card and is eligible for benefits available under the program.
Sec. 4. Costs related to the program may be paid through application of a cardholder surcharge on prescription drug purchases.
Sec. 5. The secretary may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this chapter.