HB18-1097 - Patient Choice Of Pharmacy

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning the ability of a person eligible for prescription drug benefits to choose the pharmacy at which to fill a prescription drug order.

The bill prohibits a carrier that offers or issues a health benefit plan that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug coverage, or a pharmacy benefit management firm managing those benefits for a carrier, from:


  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of the covered person's choice if certain conditions are met;
  • Imposing a copayment, fee, or other cost-sharing requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist, or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: March 19, 2018
03/19/2018 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
03/12/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
02/23/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/22/2018 - House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/20/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/22/2018 - No Amendments
02/15/2018 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
01/18/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment