Title 33: Human Services
Chapter 19: MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Sub-Chapter 05: Prescription Drug Cost Containment
33 V.S.A. § 2002. Supplemental rebates
§ 2002. Supplemental rebates
(a) The Commissioner of Vermont Health Access, separately or in concert with the authorized representatives of any participating health benefit plan, shall use the preferred drug list authorized by the Pharmacy Best Practices and Cost Control Program to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for the payment to the Commissioner of supplemental rebates or price discounts for Medicaid and for any other state public assistance health benefit plans designated by the Commissioner, in addition to those required by Title XIX of the Social Security Act. The Commissioner may also use the preferred drug list to negotiate for the payment of rebates or price discounts in connection with drugs covered under any other participating health benefit plan within or outside this State, provided that such negotiations and any subsequent agreement shall comply with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. § 1396r-8. The Program, or such portions of the program as the Commissioner shall designate, shall constitute a State pharmaceutical assistance program under 42 U.S.C. § 1396r-8(c)(1)(C).
(b) The Commissioner shall negotiate supplemental rebates, price discounts, and other mechanisms to reduce net prescription drug costs by means of any negotiation strategy which the Commissioner determines will result in the maximum economic benefit to the Program and to consumers in this State, while maintaining access to high quality prescription drug therapies. The Commissioner may negotiate through a purchasing pool or directly with manufacturers. The provisions of this subsection do not authorize agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers whereby financial support for medical services covered by the Medicaid program is accepted as consideration for placement of one or more prescription drugs on the preferred drug list.
(c) The Department of Vermont Health Access shall prohibit the public disclosure of information revealing company-identifiable trade secrets (including rebate and supplemental rebate amounts, and manufacturer's pricing) obtained by the Department, and by any officer, employee, or contractor of the Department in the course of negotiations conducted pursuant to this section. Such confidential information shall be exempt from public disclosure under 1 V.S.A. chapter 5, subchapter 3 (open records law). (Added 2001, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. June 13, 2002; amended 2005, No. 71, § 311; 2005, No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 104; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.65.)