Prescription drugs; specialty tier coverage. (HB1948)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prescription drugs; specialty tier coverage. Imposes dollar limits on the practice of prescription drug cost-sharing known as specialty tiers. Enrollees' coinsurance or copayment fees for specialty tier drugs will be limited to $100 per month for up to a 30-day supply of any single specialty tier drug, which limits shall apply regardless of whether a deductible has been satisfied. Patients will also be able to request an exception to obtain a specialty drug that would not otherwise be available on a health benefit plan formulary. The measure prohibits a health benefit plan that provides coverage for prescription drugs from placing all drugs in a given class of drugs on the highest cost tier. Amends § 38.2-4319, § 38.2-4509, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102178D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2015Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1948)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Commerce and Labor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 25 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1394.


Bill writes:

a job deterrent- keep it in MD,NJ etc.