Two different legislative measures by Rep. Gus Blackwell received ceremonial bill signings Tuesday inside the state Capitol.
House Bill 1672 directs health benefit plans that provide prescription drug coverage or contracts with a third-party for such services. House Bill 2182 restructures new fees in relation to amounts charged by county clerks for electronic formats.
Known as the “Continuity Care Act of 2013,” HB 1672 must notify an enrollee presently taking a prescription drug of any deletions in the plan’s prescription drug formulary, except generic substitutions. The measure does not apply to a drug that is determined by a therapeutics committee of the health benefit plan that is subject to new safety warnings or safety recalls by the Food and Drug Administration.
House Bill 2182 provides a ceiling on the fee amounts that may be charged by county clerks for providing records in electronic formats. The measure provides consistency on the fees as charged by counties.
“In light of all the fee increases you typically see, this is actually a bill that decreases fees,” Rep. Blackwell said. “So if a court clerk can, right now, can charge a dollar for an electronic copy of a record, we reduced that to 25 cents. And if the person got more than 3,500 records, the fee drops to 15 cents. It also mandated if they were charging less than that presently, that it stayed at the price they were charging on Jan. 1 of this year.
“No one had a fee go up, many saw a fee go down and it helped the court clerks to normalize the price, help business and allow country government to continue. I’ve worked two years on this bill and it’s been very difficult combining the desires of private business with government and making sure people had access to information.”
HB 2182 goes into effect immediately. HB 1672 becomes law on Nov. 1.