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Eye drop refill bill advances out of committee

Tuesday, February 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chet Seward
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The CSEPS championed early eye drop refill bill (HB16-1095) passed out of the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee this afternoon on an 11-2 vote. The bill now heads to the full house for action.

Bill sponsor Beth McCann (D, Denver) ably led the testimony in front of the committee. At her side was CSEPS board member and glaucoma specialist Leonard Seibold, MD, (below) who detailed how patients suffering from degenerative eye diseases are required to use daily eye medication. He explained that often prescription eye drops run out before their intended expiration and the bill will ensure that patients get the early refills they need. Two patients joined Dr. Seibold and provided compelling, personal stories about why this bill is so important to ensure the continuation of sight-saving drug therapy.

The bill requires health insurance plans, except for supplemental policies, to provide coverage for the renewal of prescription eye drops if:

  • The renewal is requested within at least 21 days for 30-day supply, 42 days for 60-day supply and 63 for a 90-day supply; and
  • The original prescription states that additional quantities are needed and the renewal does not exceed the number of quantities needed.
  • The bill also requires coverage for an additional bottle of prescription eye drops if the bottle is requested at the time of the original prescription and the bottle is needed for use in a day care center or school. An amendment to the bill was passed in committee to include adult day programs along with day care center and schools.

Watch for future updates on the bill as it progresses through the legislature. CSEPS will continue to champion this important policy and we likely will need your advocacy help to ensure its passage.