This Week in Government Affairs
May 28, 2014
- We are opposing legislation on the Assembly Health Committee Agenda that mandates pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) allow contracted pharmacies access to the proprietary methodology used by the PBM in determining the maximum allowable cost schedules as well as mandate a contractual appeals process for contracted pharmacies (A.9264/S.7025). The bill would lead to higher drug prices and higher premiums for consumers and employers alike. Staff contact: Len Ginsburg
- We are opposing legislation, S.6870 (Savino), on the Senate Corporations Committee agenda, that would impose significant additional procedural and substantive requirements on economic development assistance provided by state and local public authorities. A number of its provisions would impose broad and/or vague new criteria on economic development projects, adding unnecessary time and uncertainty to the state’s economic development efforts. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
- We are supporting legislation on the Assembly Health Committee Agenda that would authorize retail clinics and limited services clinics in an effort to expand access to primary health care to New Yorkers (A.5124-A). Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg
- Legislation currently on the Assembly Labor Committee Agenda would expand utilization by authorizing licensed acupuncturists, in addition to the already authorized certified acupuncturists, to bill for services under the workers' compensation law (S.7634/A.9721). The Business Council has previously opposed similar bills. Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg
- Senator Grisanti, chair of the Senate EnCon committee, has indicated that the Child Safe Products Act will likely be considered at the last committee meeting (S.4616/A.6328). The Senator also indicated that the sponsors of the legislation are developing amendments (which have not yet been introduced). As currently drafted, this bill would give the DEC and the DOH broad authority to undertake a chemical review process they are ill-equipped to handle. New York would have to undertake an expensive, highly scientific review to make concrete determinations about the toxicity of chemicals and their potential harm to the public. The Business Council is strongly opposed to the legislation. Staff contact: Darren Suarez
- We are seeking member input on legislation on this week’s Assembly Education Committee agenda - A 8845 (Nolan), same as S.5509-B (Young), that directs the state Education Commissioner to establish an online learning advisory committee to develop recommendations for the establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.
- We are asking for member input on new legislation that would mandate a 7-year warranty on electronic medical devices and a 10-year warranty on other medical devices (A.9781/S.7092). Staff contact: Lev Ginsburg
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Please note the following additional items of interest:
- Board of Elections - Commissioners of the New York State Board of Elections ruled that they could no longer enforce the aggregate contribution limit placed on individuals. Their decision is based on a recent United States Supreme Court ruling, McCutcheon v. FEC, in which the Court ruled that the aggregate limit placed on individuals was unconstitutional. This decision affects only the aggregate limits on individuals, not on corporations. Click here to read the Newsday article.