Health insurers cry foul as bill nixing drug access restrictions advances in Assembly

An Assembly bill that prevents health plans from removing a prescription drug from their formulary, or add new restrictions during a contract year, advanced to the next step Thursday. Opponents decried the move, warning the bill will do little to address high drug prices and potentially increase premiums for plan members.

The bill passed out of the ways and means committee Tuesday, and on Thursday was advanced for a third reading. The state Senate voted to pass its equivalent bill April 27.

Health plans can drop a drug from their formulary or move it to a tier with higher copays or deductibles in response to increased prices. In

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