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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 221 : HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

Subchapter 009 : Pharmacy Benefit Managers

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 9474)
  • § 9474. Enforcement

    (a) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, in addition to any remedy available to the Commissioner under this title and any other remedy provided by law, a violation of this subchapter shall be considered a violation of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act in 9 V.S.A. chapter 63, subchapter 1. Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, all rights, authority, and remedies available to the Attorney General and private parties to enforce the Vermont Consumer Protection Act shall be available to enforce the provisions of this subchapter.

    (b) In connection with any action for violation of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act, the Commissioner's determinations concerning the interpretation and administration of the provisions of this subchapter and any rules adopted hereunder shall carry a presumption of validity. The Attorney General and the Commissioner shall consult with each other prior to the commencement of any investigation or enforcement action with respect to any pharmacy benefit manager.

    (c) The Commissioner may investigate, examine, or otherwise enforce a violation of this subchapter by a pharmacy benefit manager under section 9412 of this title as if the pharmacy benefit manager were a health insurer.

    (d) The Commissioner shall have the exclusive authority to investigate, examine, and otherwise enforce the provisions of this subchapter relating to a pharmacy benefit manager in connection with the pharmacy benefit manager's contractual relationship with, and any other activity with respect to, a health insurer defined by subdivision 9471(2)(A) of this title.

    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, the Commissioner and the Attorney General may bring a joint enforcement action against any person or entity for a violation of this subchapter. (Added 2007, No. 80, § 8; amended 2007, No. 89 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2013, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. May 27, 2014; 2017, No. 113 (Adj. Sess.), § 110.)