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AB-2418 Health care coverage: prescription drugs: refills.(2013-2014)

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Bill Status
AB-2418
Bonilla (A) , Skinner (A)
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Bonta (A) , Maienschein (A) , Nazarian (A) , Nestande (A)
Health care coverage: prescription drugs: refills.
03/25/14
An act to add Sections 1367.248 and 1367.249 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Sections 10123.208 and 10123.209 to the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.
Assembly
08/27/14
08/19/14

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/25/14 Vetoed by Governor.
09/05/14 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/25/14 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 6389.).
08/21/14 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 23 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/21/14 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 31. Noes 1. Page 4700.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2418 without my signature.

The bill would require health plans and insurers to apply a prorated daily cost-sharing rate to the refills of certain medications if the prescriber or pharmacist indicates it is in the best interest of the patient and it is for the purpose of synchronizing refill dates for the patient's medications. The bill also allows for early refills of covered eye products.

While I understand the importance of encouraging people to take their prescribed medications, the bill lacks explicit patient consent before changes are made to refills; nor does the bill speak to the supportive elements that have made synchronization programs anecdotally successful.

Medication adherence is complicated. Solutions to this problem will likely require a more holistic approach and collaboration between doctors, patients, pharmacists and health plans.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.