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Legislation to Keep Life-saving Drugs Affordable Advances to the Senate Floor
Date:2/29/2012

tories personally in more depth upon request, speak volumes:

  • One Arizona single mother with a/an 12-year old son with severe Hemophilia B faces medicine costs that are more than $1 million a year, being tacked with co-insurance would bankrupt her.  
  • An Arizona mom and dad, employed by the same company, have a 1-year old son recently diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A. Their monthly co-insurance is $2,000, a cost that the family cannot afford, yet without access to needed medicine it would lead to permanent, debilitating damage or death for their child.
  • One Arizonan with hemophilia, who contracted HIV and hepatitis C from transfusions, has $8,000 out of pocket costs for their hemophilia medicine, costs that are not affordable. The result is that he experiences bleeding forcing him into the emergency room for treatment—a costly approach for a chronic condition that also places him at risk of permanent damage because of inconsistent care.

SB 1401 is a simple, reasonable approach to keeping prescriptions accessible to patients and empowering them to manage their healthcare, including:  

  1. Informing patients about the intention to change a drug to a higher tier, making the details easy to find (searchable) on the company website.
  2. Providing patients a 60-day notice if there are plans to move a drug to a higher tier.
  3. Allowing patients to complete the agreed-to terms of a contract year without reclassifying biologics or plasma-derived prescriptions drugs to a higher tier of a multi-tiered drug formulary mid-contract.
  4. Allowing patients with prescription drug benefits who pay deductibles, copayments, co-insurance or other out of pocket expenses during the term of the contract; to apply those dollars toward any annual out of pocket maximum amount defined in the contract.
  5. Allowing patients to budget for the
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