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INSURANCE
(215 ILCS 5/) Illinois Insurance Code.

215 ILCS 5/Art. XXXIIB

 
    (215 ILCS 5/Art. XXXIIB heading)
ARTICLE XXXIIB. PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b1

    (215 ILCS 5/513b1)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b1. Pharmacy benefit manager contracts.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Biological product" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 19.5 of the Pharmacy Practice Act.
    "Maximum allowable cost" means the maximum amount that a pharmacy benefit manager will reimburse a pharmacy for the cost of a drug.
    "Maximum allowable cost list" means a list of drugs for which a maximum allowable cost has been established by a pharmacy benefit manager.
    "Pharmacy benefit manager" means a person, business, or entity, including a wholly or partially owned or controlled subsidiary of a pharmacy benefit manager, that provides claims processing services or other prescription drug or device services, or both, for health benefit plans.
    "Retail price" means the price an individual without prescription drug coverage would pay at a retail pharmacy, not including a pharmacist dispensing fee.
    (b) A contract between a health insurer and a pharmacy benefit manager must require that the pharmacy benefit manager:
        (1) Update maximum allowable cost pricing information
    
at least every 7 calendar days.
        (2) Maintain a process that will, in a timely manner,
    
eliminate drugs from maximum allowable cost lists or modify drug prices to remain consistent with changes in pricing data used in formulating maximum allowable cost prices and product availability.
        (3) Provide access to its maximum allowable cost list
    
to each pharmacy or pharmacy services administrative organization subject to the maximum allowable cost list. Access may include a real-time pharmacy website portal to be able to view the maximum allowable cost list. As used in this Section, "pharmacy services administrative organization" means an entity operating within the State that contracts with independent pharmacies to conduct business on their behalf with third-party payers. A pharmacy services administrative organization may provide administrative services to pharmacies and negotiate and enter into contracts with third-party payers or pharmacy benefit managers on behalf of pharmacies.
        (4) Provide a process by which a contracted pharmacy
    
can appeal the provider's reimbursement for a drug subject to maximum allowable cost pricing. The appeals process must, at a minimum, include the following:
            (A) A requirement that a contracted pharmacy has
        
14 calendar days after the applicable fill date to appeal a maximum allowable cost if the reimbursement for the drug is less than the net amount that the network provider paid to the supplier of the drug.
            (B) A requirement that a pharmacy benefit manager
        
must respond to a challenge within 14 calendar days of the contracted pharmacy making the claim for which the appeal has been submitted.
            (C) A telephone number and e-mail address or
        
website to network providers, at which the provider can contact the pharmacy benefit manager to process and submit an appeal.
            (D) A requirement that, if an appeal is denied,
        
the pharmacy benefit manager must provide the reason for the denial and the name and the national drug code number from national or regional wholesalers.
            (E) A requirement that, if an appeal is
        
sustained, the pharmacy benefit manager must make an adjustment in the drug price effective the date the challenge is resolved and make the adjustment applicable to all similarly situated network pharmacy providers, as determined by the managed care organization or pharmacy benefit manager.
        (5) Allow a plan sponsor contracting with a pharmacy
    
benefit manager an annual right to audit compliance with the terms of the contract by the pharmacy benefit manager, including, but not limited to, full disclosure of any and all rebate amounts secured, whether product specific or generalized rebates, that were provided to the pharmacy benefit manager by a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
        (6) Allow a plan sponsor contracting with a pharmacy
    
benefit manager to request that the pharmacy benefit manager disclose the actual amounts paid by the pharmacy benefit manager to the pharmacy.
        (7) Provide notice to the party contracting with the
    
pharmacy benefit manager of any consideration that the pharmacy benefit manager receives from the manufacturer for dispense as written prescriptions once a generic or biologically similar product becomes available.
    (c) In order to place a particular prescription drug on a maximum allowable cost list, the pharmacy benefit manager must, at a minimum, ensure that:
        (1) if the drug is a generically equivalent drug, it
    
is listed as therapeutically equivalent and pharmaceutically equivalent "A" or "B" rated in the United States Food and Drug Administration's most recent version of the "Orange Book" or have an NR or NA rating by Medi-Span, Gold Standard, or a similar rating by a nationally recognized reference;
        (2) the drug is available for purchase by each
    
pharmacy in the State from national or regional wholesalers operating in Illinois; and
        (3) the drug is not obsolete.
    (d) A pharmacy benefit manager is prohibited from limiting a pharmacist's ability to disclose whether the cost-sharing obligation exceeds the retail price for a covered prescription drug, and the availability of a more affordable alternative drug, if one is available in accordance with Section 42 of the Pharmacy Practice Act.
    (e) A health insurer or pharmacy benefit manager shall not require an insured to make a payment for a prescription drug at the point of sale in an amount that exceeds the lesser of:
        (1) the applicable cost-sharing amount; or
        (2) the retail price of the drug in the absence of
    
prescription drug coverage.
    (f) This Section applies to contracts entered into or renewed on or after July 1, 2020.
    (g) This Section applies to any group or individual policy of accident and health insurance or managed care plan that provides coverage for prescription drugs and that is amended, delivered, issued, or renewed on or after July 1, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b2

    (215 ILCS 5/513b2)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b2. Licensure requirements.
    (a) Beginning on July 1, 2020, to conduct business in this State, a pharmacy benefit manager must register with the Director. To initially register or renew a registration, a pharmacy benefit manager shall submit:
        (1) A nonrefundable fee not to exceed $500.
        (2) A copy of the registrant's corporate charter,
    
articles of incorporation, or other charter document.
        (3) A completed registration form adopted by the
    
Director containing:
            (A) The name and address of the registrant.
            (B) The name, address, and official position of
        
each officer and director of the registrant.
    (b) The registrant shall report any change in information required under this Section to the Director in writing within 60 days after the change occurs.
    (c) Upon receipt of a completed registration form, the required documents, and the registration fee, the Director shall issue a registration certificate. The certificate may be in paper or electronic form, and shall clearly indicate the expiration date of the registration. Registration certificates are nontransferable.
    (d) A registration certificate is valid for 2 years after its date of issue. The Director shall adopt by rule an initial registration fee not to exceed $500 and a registration renewal fee not to exceed $500, both of which shall be nonrefundable. Total fees may not exceed the cost of administering this Section.
    (e) The Department shall adopt any rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b3

    (215 ILCS 5/513b3)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b3. Examination.
    (a) The Director, or his or her designee, may examine a registered pharmacy benefit manager.
    (b) Any pharmacy benefit manager being examined shall provide to the Director, or his or her designee, convenient and free access to all books, records, documents, and other papers relating to such pharmacy benefit manager's business affairs at all reasonable hours at its offices.
    (c) The Director, or his or her designee, may administer oaths and thereafter examine the pharmacy benefit manager's designee, representative, or any officer or senior manager as listed on the license or registration certificate about the business of the pharmacy benefit manager.
    (d) The examiners designated by the Director under this Section may make reports to the Director. Any report alleging substantive violations of this Article, any applicable provisions of this Code, or any applicable Part of Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code shall be in writing and be based upon facts obtained by the examiners. The report shall be verified by the examiners.
    (e) If a report is made, the Director shall either deliver a duplicate report to the pharmacy benefit manager being examined or send such duplicate by certified or registered mail to the pharmacy benefit manager's address specified in the records of the Department. The Director shall afford the pharmacy benefit manager an opportunity to request a hearing to object to the report. The pharmacy benefit manager may request a hearing within 30 days after receipt of the duplicate report by giving the Director written notice of such request together with written objections to the report. Any hearing shall be conducted in accordance with Sections 402 and 403 of this Code. The right to a hearing is waived if the delivery of the report is refused or the report is otherwise undeliverable or the pharmacy benefit manager does not timely request a hearing. After the hearing or upon expiration of the time period during which a pharmacy benefit manager may request a hearing, if the examination reveals that the pharmacy benefit manager is operating in violation of any applicable provision of this Code, any applicable Part of Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code, a provision of this Article, or prior order, the Director, in the written order, may require the pharmacy benefit manager to take any action the Director considers necessary or appropriate in accordance with the report or examination hearing. If the Director issues an order, it shall be issued within 90 days after the report is filed, or if there is a hearing, within 90 days after the conclusion of the hearing. The order is subject to review under the Administrative Review Law.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b4

    (215 ILCS 5/513b4)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b4. Denial, revocation, or suspension of registration; administrative fines.
    (a) Denial of an application or suspension or revocation of a registration in accordance with this Section shall be by written order sent to the applicant or registrant by certified or registered mail at the address specified in the records of the Department. The written order shall state the grounds, charges, or conduct on which denial, suspension, or revocation is based. The applicant or registrant may in writing request a hearing within 30 days from the date of mailing. Upon receipt of a written request, the Director shall issue an order setting: (i) a specific time for the hearing, which may not be less than 20 nor more than 30 days after receipt of the request; and (ii) a specific place for the hearing, which may be in either the city of Springfield or in the county in Illinois where the applicant's or registrant's principal place of business is located. If no written request is received by the Director, such order shall be final upon the expiration of said 30 days.
    (b) If the Director finds that one or more grounds exist for the revocation or suspension of a registration issued under this Article, the Director may, in lieu of or in addition to such suspension or revocation, impose a fine upon the pharmacy benefit manager as provided under subsection (c).
    (c) With respect to any knowing and willful violation of a lawful order of the Director, any applicable portion of this Code, Part of Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code, or provision of this Article, the Director may impose a fine upon the pharmacy benefit manager in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for each violation.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b5

    (215 ILCS 5/513b5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b5. Failure to register. Any pharmacy benefit manager that operates without a registration or fails to register with the Director and pay the fee prescribed by this Article is an unauthorized insurer as defined in Article VII of this Code and shall be subject to all penalties provided for therein.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)

215 ILCS 5/513b6

    (215 ILCS 5/513b6)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 513b6. Insurance Producer Administration Fund. All fees and fines paid to and collected by the Director under this Article shall be paid promptly after receipt thereof, together with a detailed statement of such fees, into the Insurance Producer Administration Fund. The moneys deposited into the Insurance Producer Administration Fund may be transferred to the Professions Indirect Cost Fund, as authorized under Section 2105-300 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 101-452, eff. 1-1-20.)