Senate Could Pass PBM Reforms This Year
Congressional interest in PBM reform may turn into comprehensive legislation as soon as this summer, D.C. insiders tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, and possibly has enough bipartisan support to pass both chambers. Lobbyists representing employer plan sponsors say that measures including a requirement that PBMs be fiduciaries to plan sponsors and members, a federal ban on spread pricing, and mandatory price transparency disclosures are all under serious discussion.
Several Senate committees have made moves to advance PBM legislation. The Finance Committee held a hearing on PBMs at the end of March; the Commerce Committee has advanced legislation; and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee seems poised to mark up legislation this month, according to press reports. In the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, several bills have sponsors from both parties, and the HELP Committee markup will feature members of both parties, led by committee chair Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt., who caucuses with Democrats) and ranking member Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).