Pharmacy Benefit System Special Session


Governor Asa Hutchinson told reporters Monday he will call lawmakers back to the State Capitol shortly after the ongoing fiscal session to pass legislation to address growing concerns on rising health costs associated with so-called PBMs, or pharmacy benefit managers.

Hutchinson is calling the special session after Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, wrote letters Friday (Feb. 16) to the popular Republican governor requesting the extraordinary legislative meeting in March or April to deal with the ongoing issue of rising drug costs with PBMs. After reflecting over the letter from the two legislative leaders over the weekend, Hutchinson said he decided to call the session if Dismang, Gillam and other legislative leaders can reach a two-thirds consensus of the full General Assembly to speedily approve the legislation.   MORE

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