Governmental Affairs Update

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Legislation
House Bill 4353 – Co-Pay Accumulator Legislation
Introduced by Representative Bronna Kahle, HB 4353, would curtail the insurance practice of using accumulator adjustment practices, which prevent patients from using manufacturer co-pay assistance from counting towards deductibles. The legislation would not cover drugs with generic alternatives unless the patient obtained access through prior authorization or step therapy. The bill passed out of the House Health Policy Committee on Thursday, March 11. The Arc Supports.

House Bill 4358 – Non-Medical Switching
Introduced by Representative Abdullah Hammoud, House Bill 4358 attempts to put guardrails around the practice of switching medication off formulary or into different tiers in the middle of a plan benefit year. There are diverging opinions on whether the bill goes far enough to curtail the practice, but changes are still being considered to ensure the bill language is consistent with its intent. The bill passed out of the House Health Policy Committee on Wednesday, March 17.

Both House Bill 4353 and House Bill 4358 are under consideration as part of a larger 15-bill bipartisan package of health care transparency and access legislation in the House of Representatives that was announced on February 24. It is expected that most of the bills, including these, will pass out of the House of Representatives prior to the Legislature’s spring break, which begins the week of March 29.

COVID-19 Recovery Plan
On Tuesday, March 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4047 and 4048, which provide supplemental funding for the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan, including an extension of the $2 per hour wage increase for Direct Care Workers who were currently eligible to receive funding. In addition, the wage increase was upped to $2.25 per hour and expanded to other eligibility categories.

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