(a) No insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity delivering, issuing for delivery, renewing, amending or continuing a group health insurance policy or contract that provides coverage for prescription drugs may:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 38a-544

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Insurance: means any agreement to pay a sum of money, provide services or any other thing of value on the happening of a particular event or contingency or to provide indemnity for loss in respect to a specified subject by specified perils in return for a consideration. See Connecticut General Statutes 38a-1
  • insurance company: includes any person or combination of persons doing any kind or form of insurance business other than a fraternal benefit society, and shall include a receiver of any insurer when the context reasonably permits. See Connecticut General Statutes 38a-1
  • Insured: means a person to whom or for whose benefit an insurer makes a promise in an insurance policy. See Connecticut General Statutes 38a-1
  • Person: means an individual, a corporation, a partnership, a limited liability company, an association, a joint stock company, a business trust, an unincorporated organization or other legal entity. See Connecticut General Statutes 38a-1
  • Policy: means any document, including attached endorsements and riders, purporting to be an enforceable contract, which memorializes in writing some or all of the terms of an insurance contract. See Connecticut General Statutes 38a-1

(1) Require any person covered under such policy or contract to obtain prescription drugs from a mail order pharmacy as a condition of obtaining benefits for such drugs; or

(2) Require, if such insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity uses step therapy for such drugs, the use of step therapy for (A) any prescribed drug for longer than sixty days, or (B) a prescribed drug for cancer treatment for an insured who has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer provided such prescribed drug is in compliance with approved federal Food and Drug Administration indications.

(3) At the expiration of the time period specified in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of this subsection or for a prescribed drug described in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of this subsection, an insured’s treating health care provider may deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective for the insured, at which time the insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity shall authorize dispensation of and coverage for the drug prescribed by the insured’s treating health care provider, provided such drug is a covered drug under such policy or contract. If such provider does not deem such step therapy drug regimen clinically ineffective or has not requested an override pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section, such drug regimen may be continued. For purposes of this section, “step therapy” means a protocol or program that establishes the specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition are to be prescribed.

(b) (1) Notwithstanding the sixty-day period set forth in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, each insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity that uses step therapy for such prescription drugs shall establish and disclose to its health care providers a process by which an insured’s treating health care provider may request at any time an override of the use of any step therapy drug regimen. Any such override process shall be convenient to use by health care providers and an override request shall be expeditiously granted when an insured’s treating health care provider demonstrates that the drug regimen required under step therapy (A) has been ineffective in the past for treatment of the insured’s medical condition, (B) is expected to be ineffective based on the known relevant physical or mental characteristics of the insured and the known characteristics of the drug regimen, (C) will cause or will likely cause an adverse reaction by or physical harm to the insured, or (D) is not in the best interest of the insured, based on medical necessity.

(2) Upon the granting of an override request, the insurance company, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health care center or other entity shall authorize dispensation of and coverage for the drug prescribed by the insured’s treating health care provider, provided such drug is a covered drug under such policy or contract.

(c) Nothing in this section shall (1) preclude an insured or an insured’s treating health care provider from requesting a review under sections 38a-591c to 38a-591g, inclusive, or (2) affect the provisions of section 38a-518i.