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2/12/2018 Media Advisory: Bills on surprise medical bills, prescription refill synchronization to be heard
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday for hearings on bills relating to surprise medical bills and synchronizing prescription refills.

The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 15, at the rise of the Senate session (around 4:30 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

Among the bills on the committee’s calendar are:
  • 2018-S 2077 — Sponsored by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston), this bill would protect people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring an out-of-network health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment or deductible.
  • 2018-S 2235 — This bill sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Dennis M. Algiere (R-Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown) would provide a dispute resolution process for emergency services and surprise bills for medical services performed by out-of-network health care providers. 
  • 2018-S 2131 — Sponsored by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), this bill would requires insurers to let enrollees align the refill dates for most drugs at in-network pharmacies at least once during their insurance plan year.
  • 2018-S 2229 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) would authorize pharmacies to dispense prescriptions of less than a 30-day supply for the purpose of synchronizing a patient’s medications.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558