Latebreakers: Michigan Political Action Committee pushes back against Pharmacy Benefit Managers

March 10, 2008

Michigan pharmacists push ballot initiative prohibiting insurance companies from requiring state residents to use mail-order pharmacies.

A Michigan-based political action committee is hoping to get pharmacy benefit manager legislation on the November ballot in the state. The Captains of Pharmacy Political Action Committee is collecting signatures for The Prescription Benefit Management Administration Act that would amend state law to require that any Michigan citizen receiving a prescription drug benefit would be able to choose their pharmacy provider. The law would also require that copays and days' supply for prescriptions be the same at all pharmacies. In order to be on the ballot, the initiative must have more than 300,000 signatures.