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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 118
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SCR118...............................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - Stating findings of the Legislature and encouraging
greater access to prescription drugs for Idaho residents through
identification and creation of public-private partnerships.
03/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/22 Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/23 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
Floor Sponsor - Compton
Title apvd - to House
03/24 House intro - 1st rdg - to Health/Wel
03/29 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/30 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
Rls susp - ADOPTED - voice vote
Floor Sponsor - Garrett
Title apvd - to Senate
03/30 To enrol - Rpt enrol - Pres signed
03/31 Sp signed - To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005
IN THE SENATE
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 118
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 ENCOURAGING GREATER ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR IDAHO RESIDENTS THROUGH
3 IDENTIFICATION AND CREATION OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.
4 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
5 WHEREAS, prescribed medications are integral to the provision of appropri-
6 ate medical treatment and prescribed medicines provide tremendous value in the
7 improved treatment of disease, reduction in overall health care costs and bet-
8 ter quality of life; and
9 WHEREAS, a significant number of Idaho residents lack health insurance
10 coverage that offers adequate pharmaceutical benefits and many Idahoans strug-
11 gle to afford the prescription medications they need; and
12 WHEREAS, a number of public and private pharmaceutical benefit programs
13 exist to provide assistance to Idaho residents who need affordable prescrip-
14 tion drugs; and
15 WHEREAS, there is a need for Idahoans to be able to identify pharmaceuti-
16 cal benefits for which they are eligible.
17 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
18 of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Representa-
19 tives concurring therein, that the Legislature of the State of Idaho encour-
20 ages the Department of Health and Welfare to gather information about public
21 and private prescription drug benefits not associated with a particular health
22 plan or insurer, to include pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance
23 programs, prescription drug discount card programs, prescription drug benefits
24 in the SHCIP program, Medicare and Medicaid.
25 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the department to
26 utilize such information to assist Idaho residents in identifying benefits for
27 which they may be eligible, and to promote the availability of existing
28 resources such as the Rx Idaho Program.
29 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature encourages the department to
30 actively seek partnerships and to solicit cooperation and financial support
31 from any available private sources, including pharmaceutical manufacturers.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill will assist Idaho residents in identifying benefits for
which they may be eligible. A process will be developed to
gather information for public and private prescription drug
programs so that such information may be more available to Idaho
residents who need assistance. Active partnerships will be
encouraged to solicit cooperation and financial support from
available private sources.
It is anticipated that the department will be able to take
advantage of existing resources so the financial impact will be
minimal. Any funding required will come from partnerships with
others including pharmaceutical manufacturers. There will be no
impact on the state's general fund.
Name: Senator Dick Compton
Phone: (208) 332-1327
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE SCR 118
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