Ama Policy

Private Health Insurance Formulary Transparency H-125.979

10/14/2019
ERISA-Med. Nec. Decisions-Deadlines, Med. Adv.-Med. Nec. Decisions-Deadlines, State Medical Necessity Decisions-Deadlines

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1. Our AMA will work with pharmacy benefit managers, health insurers, and pharmacists to enable physicians to receive accurate, real-time formulary data at the point of prescribing.

2. Our AMA supports legislation or regulation that ensures that private health insurance carriers declare which medications are available on their formularies by October 1 of the preceding year, that formulary information be specific as to generic versus trade name and include copay responsibilities, and that drugs may not be removed from the formulary nor moved to a higher cost tier within the policy term.

3. Our AMA will develop model legislation (a) requiring insurance companies to declare which drugs on their formulary will be covered under trade names versus generic, (b) requiring insurance carriers to make this information available to consumers by October 1 of each year and, (c) forbidding insurance carriers from making formulary deletions within the policy term.

4. Our AMA will promote the following insurer-pharmacy benefits manager – pharmacy (IPBMP) to physician procedural policy: In the event that a specific drug is not or is no longer on the formulary when the prescription is presented, the IPBMP shall provide notice of covered formulary alternatives to the prescriber promptly so that appropriate medication can be provided to the patient within 72 hours.

5. Drugs requiring prior authorization, shall be adjudicated by the IPBMP within 72 hours of receipt of the prescription.

6. Our AMA (a) promotes the value of online access to up-to-date and accurate prescription drug formulary plans from all insurance providers nationwide, and (b) supports state medical societies in advocating for state legislation to ensure online access to up-to-date and accurate prescription drug formularies for all insurance plans.

7. Our AMA will continue its efforts with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners addressing the development and management of pharmacy benefits.

8. Our AMA will develop model state legislation on the development and management of pharmacy benefits.

Policy Timeline 

Sub. Res. 724, A-14 Appended: Res. 701, A-16 Appended: Alt. Res. 806, I-17 Reaffirmed: CMS Rep. 07, A-18 Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 20, A-19 Reaffirmed: CMS Rep. 05, A-19