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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 RS 15166 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. FISCAL NOTE 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. Contact Name: Senator Dick Compton Phone: (208) 332-1327 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE SCR 118 REVISED REVISED REVISED REVISED REVISE