Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3631Ratification Number: 451Act Number: 394Primary Sponsor: ElliottType of Legislation: GBSubject: Pharmacist, choice ofDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940504Computer Document Number: 436/11006AC.93Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940518Introduced Date: 19930304Date of Last Amendment: 19940412Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940518Last History Type: Act No. 394Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Elliott G. Bailey Houck McKay Askins Robinson Davenport Stone Byrd Cato A. Young KinonType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 3631 ------ 19940518 Act No. 394 3631 ------ 19940518 Signed by Governor 3631 ------ 19940512 Ratified R 451 3631 Senate 19940504 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 3631 Senate 19940503 Read second time 3631 Senate 19940428 Committee Report: Favorable 02 3631 Senate 19940414 Introduced, read first time, 02 referred to Committee 3631 House 19940413 Read third time, sent to Senate 3631 House 19940412 Amended, read second time 3631 House 19940407 Made Special Order under H. 5040 3631 House 19940406 Objection withdrawn by Witherspoon Representative 3631 House 19940406 Objection withdrawn by Law Representative Robinson 3631 House 19940406 Objection withdrawn by Anderson Representative 3631 House 19940406 Objection withdrawn by Chamblee Representative 3631 House 19940329 Objection by Representative Anderson Harrison Chamblee Witherspoon Law Robinson 3631 House 19940224 Objection withdrawn by Felder Representative Sharpe 3631 House 19940223 Objection withdrawn by McMahand Representative 3631 House 19940209 Objection by Representative McMahand 3631 House 19940209 Objection withdrawn by J. Brown Representative 3631 House 19940209 Objection by Representative Koon Felder 3631 House 19940209 Objection withdrawn by Davenport Representative 3631 House 19940127 Objection withdrawn by Trotter Representative Allison Robinson Wright 3631 House 19940127 Objection withdrawn by Riser Representative D. Smith 3631 House 19940126 Objection by Representative Corning J. Bailey Wright Allison Davenport J. Brown Riser Sharpe D. Smith Robinson Trotter 3631 House 19940119 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, January 26, 1994 3631 House 19940118 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, January 19, 1994 3631 House 19930602 Debate adjourned until January 17, 1994 3631 House 19930601 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, June 2, 1993 3631 House 19930526 Committee Report: Favorable 26 with amendment 3631 House 19930304 Introduced, read first time, 26 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A394, R451, H3631)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 38-71-147 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY OR A HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION PLAN FROM RESTRICTING SELECTION OF A PHARMACIST OF CHOICE OR FROM RESTRICTING A PHARMACIST THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AS A PROVIDER IF TERMS OF THE POLICY OR PLAN ARE MET AND TO PROVIDE THAT PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT ARE REPEALED IN THREE YEARS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Freedom of selection and participation
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 38-71-147. An individual or group accident and health or health insurance policy or a health maintenance organization plan may not:
(1) prohibit or limit a person who is a participant or beneficiary of the policy or plan from selecting a pharmacy or pharmacist of the person's choice who has agreed to participate in the plan according to the terms offered by the insurer; or
(2) deny a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate as a contract provider under the policy or plan if the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to provide pharmacy services including, but not limited to, prescription drugs that meet the terms and requirements set forth by the insurer under the policy or plan and agrees to the terms of reimbursement set forth by the insurer."
Section to be repealed in three years
SECTION 2. Section 38-71-147 of the 1976 Code, as added by Section 1 of this act, is repealed three years from the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 18th day of May, 1994.