In the Georgia Legislature HB 323 asks for another piece of transparency from PBM’s: It would make them report to the state Department of Insurance how much they’re getting in rebates from pharmaceutical manufacturers and how much of that they’re not passing on to patients.
However, it doesn’t require that information to be public.
Laura Colbert, executive director of the patient advocacy Georgians for a Healthy Future, called the bill “a good first step,” but said that the best thing would be if the bill required the information to become public rather than sitting confidential in state offices.
The bill also broadens the ability of health care providers to insist on giving medicine in person rather than by mail.
HB 323 has some heavy-hitter co-sponsors, including the chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta; the chairman of the House Regulated Industries Committee, Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell; and the vice chairman of the powerful Rules committee, Rep. Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin, who is also chairman of the House Majority Caucus.