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Right now, you can help New York Health Works protect millions of NYS residents who purchase their healthcare coverage through the New York State of Health marketplace.

Contact your legislator and encourage them to support legislation that prevents insurance companies from changing their healthcare plans mid-way through the coverage year by:

  • Removing drugs patients need from their drug formularies (drug lists)
  • Moving drugs patients need to a higher cost tier

WHY: Negative mid-year formulary changes can significantly increase patients’ out-of-pocket costs and cause serious medical issues for patients whose treatment gets interrupted.

All patients deserve consistent health coverage. You can make a difference.

New York State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes recently introduced legislation, S. 5382A and A. 7707, that protects New York patients against negative mid-year formulary changes.

Right now, New York has no rules restricting negative mid-year medication formulary changes to health plans purchased under the New York State of Health. New York also does not protect patients from medication formulary changes between plan years, which can have adverse effects on patients receiving ongoing treatment. The proposed legislation amends insurance law and clarifies that patients covered by plans that are required to offer essential health benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act are protected from adverse effects of mid-year formulary changes. This bill ensures that health plans will continue coverage for necessary prescription medications during the course of the enrollment year.

 

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You can follow the latest news and information with regard to Senate Bill No. S5382 and Assembly Bill No. A7707 by visiting New York Health Works.