Massachusetts has lifted its ban against pharmaceutical co-pay coupons.
State Representative Steven Walsh, a Lynn Democrat who chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and leads House efforts to tamp down health costs, supported lifting the ban. He believes it is wrong to deny patients access to the coupons, even for a limited time. “To not allow families to get coupons ... for life-saving drugs seems pretty Draconian,” Walsh said.
Co-pay coupons are prohibited if a generic is available.
The law expires in 2015 unless it is renewed. Under it, the state must conduct a detailed analysis to determine if health care costs rise after the lifting of the coupon ban. The review will examine whether patients are more faithful about taking their medications and whether there are changes in the use of generic, versus brand name, drugs.