On Oct. 20, 2016, Senate Bill 1151 was introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance. This bi-partisan legislation introduced by Senators Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) and David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) creates the regulatory framework for Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) for the first time in the State of Michigan. The bill addresses PBM transparency, pharmacy audits, retrospective recoupments and several other key issues important to pharmacists and the patients we serve.
A PDF version of the legislation that was introduced can be found here: www.Legislature.mi.gov/documents/2015- 2016/billintroduced/Senate/pdf/2016-SIB-1151.pdf.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information about next steps, please contact Amanda Lick, manager of advocacy, governmental and regulatory affairs, at Amanda@MichiganPharmacists.org. Or to take action and learn more, visit the advocacy action center here.