Committee: Banking and InsuranceSponsor: Butler
Analyst: Robin RawlsDate: 03/10/2021


Senate Bill 227 as introduced would increase the administrative obligations of the Department of Insurance by an undetermined amount by requiring the Commissioner of Insurance to establish rules to implement and enforce the provisions of the bill. The bill would also increase receipts to the State General Fund by an undetermined amount dependent on the number of civil penalties ordered at the rate of $50 for each failure to inform the Commissioner of Insurance of changes within 30 days of a change, and at the rate of $5,000 for each violation of the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act or other provisions of the bill. 

The bill requires that at least 80% of pharmacy savings and discounts be directly received at the point-of-sale and that independent providers to be paid at the same rate as affiliate providers which would affect state, county or municipally-funded health insurance programs by an undetermined amount dependent upon several variables, including but not limited to the negotiated costs of prescription drug rebates and discounts.

 Shay Shelnutt, Chairperson
Banking and Insurance