Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Knox-Keene) , provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law authorizes a health care service plan or health insurer to require step therapy if there is more than one drug that is appropriate for the treatment of a medical condition, as specified. Existing law requires a health care service plan or health insurer to expeditiously grant a step therapy exception request if the health care provider submits justification and supporting clinical documentation, as specified.
Under existing law, if a health care service plan or other related entity fails to notify a prescribing provider of its coverage determination within a prescribed time period after receiving a prior authorization or step therapy exception request the prior authorization or step therapy exception request is deemed approved for the duration of the prescription. Existing law excepts contracts entered into under specified medical assistance programs from these time limit requirements.
Existing law permits a health care provider or prescribing provider to appeal a denial of a step therapy exception request for coverage of a nonformulary drug, a prior authorization request, or a step therapy exception request, consistent with the current utilization management processes of the health care service plan or health insurer. Existing law also permits an enrollee or insured, or the enrollee's or insured's designee or guardian, to appeal a denial of a step therapy exception request for coverage of a nonformulary drug, prior authorization request, or step therapy exception request by filing a grievance under a specified provision.
This bill would require health care service plan's or health insurer's utilization management process to ensure that an appeal of a denial of an exception request is reviewed by a clinical peer of the health care provider or prescribing provider, as specified. The bill would define the term "clinical peer" for these purposes.
The bill would require health care service plans and health insurers that require step therapy or prior authorization to maintain specified information for at least 10 years, including, but not limited to, the number of exception requests for coverage of a nonformulary drug, step therapy exception requests, and prior authorization requests received by the plan or insurer and, upon request, to provide the information in a deidentified format to the Department of Managed Health Care or the Insurance Commissioner, as appropriate.
Because a violation of certain of the bill's requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.Statutes affected:
AB1880: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
02/08/22 - Introduced: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
03/28/22 - Amended Assembly: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
04/19/22 - Amended Assembly: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
06/21/22 - Amended Senate: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
08/29/22 - Enrolled: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS
AB 1880: 1367.206 HSC, 1367.241 HSC, 10123.201 INS