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Drug Affordability Measure Made Law in West Virginia

March 28, 2019, 5:15 PM

West Virginia joined its eastern neighbor in efforts to bring down insured people’s high prescription drug costs.

Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed into law a bill (H.B. 2770) that requires health insurers in the state to count discounts patients get through drug payment assistance programs as paying off their out-of-pocket obligations. Crediting consumers for those discounts allows them to meet their deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums sooner. The requirements take effect in Jan. 1, 2020.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a similar measure into law March 25. Several other bills to include copay assistance in out-of-pocket costs are pending...

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