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Title 8 : Banking and Insurance


Subchapter 001 : GENERALLY

(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 4089j)
  • § 4089j. Retail pharmacies; filling of prescriptions

    (a) As used in this section:

    (1) "Health insurer" shall have the same meaning as in 18 V.S.A. § 9402 and shall also include Medicaid and any other public health care assistance program.

    (2) "Pharmacy benefit manager" means an entity that performs pharmacy benefit management. "Pharmacy benefit management" means an arrangement for the procurement of prescription drugs at negotiated dispensing rates, the administration or management of prescription drug benefits provided by a health insurance plan for the benefit of beneficiaries, or any of the following services provided with regard to the administration of pharmacy benefits:

    (A) mail service pharmacy;

    (B) claims processing, retail network management, and payment of claims to pharmacies for prescription drugs dispensed to beneficiaries;

    (C) clinical formulary development and management services;

    (D) rebate contracting and administration;

    (E) certain patient compliance, therapeutic intervention, and generic substitution programs; and

    (F) disease management programs.

    (3) "Health care provider" means a person, partnership, or corporation, other than a facility or institution, that is licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized by law to provide professional health care services in this State to an individual during that individual's medical care, treatment, or confinement.

    (b) A health insurer and pharmacy benefit manager doing business in Vermont shall permit a retail pharmacist licensed under 26 V.S.A. chapter 36 to fill prescriptions in the same manner and at the same level of reimbursement as they are filled by mail order pharmacies with respect to the quantity of drugs or days' supply of drugs dispensed under each prescription.

    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of a health insurance plan to the contrary, if a health insurance plan provides for payment or reimbursement that is within the lawful scope of practice of a pharmacist, the insurer may provide payment or reimbursement for the service when the service is provided by a pharmacist. (Added 2003, No. 122 (Adj. Sess.), § 128e; amended 2013, No. 79, § 9, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2015, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. June 8, 2016.)