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Early eye drop refill bill passes Senate onto Governor

Wednesday, February 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chet Seward
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The Colorado Senate unanimously passed HB16-1095 this morning and sent it onto the Governor. The House of Representatives approved the bill on February 9. The bill, championed by CSEPS and sponsored by Rep. Beth McCann (D, Denver) and co-sponsored by Sen. Larry Crowder (R, Alamosa), will allow 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 an adult day program, day care center or school. 

The Governor has 10 days to either approve or veto the bill or it will automatically become law without his signature.