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Maziarz touts approval of anti-mandatory mail-order pharmacy bill

by jmaloni
Wed, Dec 14th 2011 11:10 am

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, is pleased to announce that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that (S.3510-B/A.5502-B) would prohibit health insurance providers from requiring that their customers obtain prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies only.

"Consumers deserve the freedom of choice, particularly when it comes to making decisions about their health and wellbeing," said Maziarz, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. "No one should be forced to get their medicine through the mail. This new law protects a citizen's ability to go to a trusted neighborhood pharmacist to obtain their prescription drugs."

According to the new law, which takes effect in 30 days, customers will still have the option to obtain prescriptions from mail-order pharmacies, but they will also retain the option to do business with non-mail-order retail pharmacies in the provider's network.

Both houses of the State Legislature approved the bill in June 2011. The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York also supported it.

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