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04/06/2016 03:30 PM House HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Continued from 4/5/16 Meeting --
Moved CSHB 345(HSS) Out of Committee
Moved CSHB 334(HSS) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
          HB 345-INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES                                                                      
3:34:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEATON announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 345, "An  Act relating to insurance  coverage for                                                               
contraceptives   and  related   services;  relating   to  medical                                                               
assistance coverage for contraceptives  and related services; and                                                               
providing for  an effective  date."  [In  front of  the committee                                                               
was the proposed  CS for HB 345, labeled  29-LS1503\H, adopted as                                                               
the working draft on April 5, 2016.]                                                                                            
3:35:43 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO,  pointing out that the  State of Alaska,                                                               
as an employer,  had the ability to set the  health benefits that                                                               
it provided,  asked if the  state employees were included  in the                                                               
proposed bill.                                                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE  MATT CLAMAN,  Alaska  State Legislature,  replied                                                               
that it was the intent of the proposed bill to include them.                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  TALERICO asked  if there  was any  change to  the                                                               
non-Medicaid  population  for what  could  be  prescribed or  the                                                               
length of the prescriptions, or  was the proposed bill an attempt                                                               
to ensure that  payment came from insurance  coverage rather than                                                               
the individual.                                                                                                                 
3:36:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MEGHAN  CAVANAUGH,  Staff,  Representative  Matt  Claman,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, asked if he could repeat the question.                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO directed attention to  page 2, lines 10 -                                                               
12,  of  the proposed  bill.    He  asked  if any  copayments  or                                                               
deductibles  had  been  eliminated  which were  required  in  the                                                               
health insurance policy.                                                                                                        
MS. CAVANAUGH replied  that copayments were not  being limited or                                                               
changed under  the proposed  bill.  She  said that  Department of                                                               
Health  and Social  Services would  be instructed  to change  its                                                               
plan for  Medicaid recipients.  It  was not a change  for who was                                                               
covered for  prescriptive contraceptives,  but only for  how much                                                               
could be received at any given time.                                                                                            
3:38:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEATON  asked for clarification  that for an  insurer which                                                               
provided  coverage for  oral  contraceptives,  the proposed  bill                                                               
would allow the recipient to  receive a year's worth of coverage;                                                               
however,  if  an   insurer  did  not  offer   coverage  for  oral                                                               
contraceptives, this would not change the coverage.                                                                             
MS.  CAVANAUGH  relayed that  under  the  Patient Protection  and                                                               
Affordable Care Act  (PPACA), prescriptive contraceptive coverage                                                               
was mandated, so  that this proposed bill was  also mandating the                                                               
3:39:31 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked about the length  of the prescription,                                                               
as it was currently limited to three months.                                                                                    
MS. CAVANAUGH replied that this was correct.                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL mused  that  the proposed  bill would  allow                                                               
coverage  for a  year;  thereby, doctors  could  prescribe for  a                                                               
year.   He  asked  if a  person  had  to pick  up  the full  year                                                               
prescription  at  one time,  or  could  they return  for  further                                                               
refills,  without  another  prescription, until  that  full  year                                                               
prescription had been filled.                                                                                                   
MS. CAVANAUGH explained  that the purpose was for  the insured to                                                               
pick  up the  entire prescription  at one  time; however,  it was                                                               
acceptable to only receive a shorter prescription.                                                                              
3:41:07 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked if,  under the  current law,  a person                                                               
would  need a  new  prescription  in three  months  if they  only                                                               
picked up  a three month prescription.   He asked if  there could                                                               
be a year prescription that was filled at three month intervals.                                                                
MS.  CAVANAUGH  replied  that  the  doctor  could  prescribe  for                                                               
refills, but the person would need  to return to the pharmacy for                                                               
the refill.                                                                                                                     
3:41:48 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN  stated that  there was a  practical matter                                                               
to a 12-month  prescription which the pharmacy only  filled for 6                                                               
months,  as  most  pharmacies  did not  keep  track  of  unfilled                                                               
3:43:01 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  TALERICO moved  to report  CSHB 345,  Version 20-                                                               
LS1503\H,  Wallace, 3/22/16,  out  of  committee with  individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
no objection, CSHB 345(HSS) was  reported out of the House Health                                                               
and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
House HSS letter to the House Judiciary Committee-HB 334-4.10.2016.pdf HHSS 4/6/2016 3:30:00 PM
HB 334