Health insurance; contracts with pharmacies and pharmacists, etc. (HB1177)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patron Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pharmacists and pharmacy practices. Provides that no provider contract between a health carrier or its pharmacy benefits manager and a pharmacy or its contracting agent shall contain a provision (i) authorizing the carrier or its pharmacy benefits manager to charge, (ii) requiring the pharmacy or pharmacist to collect, or (iii) requiring an enrollee to make, a copayment for a covered prescription drug in an amount that exceeds the least of the applicable copayment for the prescription drug that would be payable in the absence of this section or the cash price the enrollee would pay for the prescription drug if the enrollee purchased the prescription drug without using the enrollee's health plan. The measure requires provider contracts between a health carrier or its pharmacy benefits manager and a pharmacy or its contracting agent to contain specific provisions that allow a pharmacy to (a) disclose to an enrollee information relating to the provisions of this section and the availability of a more affordable therapeutically equivalent prescription drug; (b) sell a more affordable therapeutically equivalent prescription drug to an enrollee if one is available; and (c) offer and provide direct and limited delivery services to an enrollee as an ancillary service of the pharmacy. The measure applies to provider contracts entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2019. This bill is identical to SB 933. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104095D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/12/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB1177)
01/18/2018Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/01/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18106486D-H1
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB1177H1)
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106486D-H1
02/06/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1177H1
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/19/2018Reported from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read third time
02/22/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1177ER)
02/26/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB1177ER)
02/26/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Signed by President
03/02/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2018
03/02/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 9, 2018
03/09/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 245 (effective 7/1/18)
03/09/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0245)