PA 10-39—HB 5351

Select Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS FOR VETERANS IN NURSING HOME FACILITIES

SUMMARY: This act prohibits nursing home facilities from restricting patient access to prescription drugs from any U. S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) prescription drug program or health plan. It requires the facilities to dispense and administer prescription drugs obtained under any such plan or program to patients who request them, regardless of how the drugs are packaged. But it (1) does not prevent the facilities from dispensing or administering prescription drugs obtained from other sources when a patient needs them before they can be obtained from the VA program or plan and (2) allows the facilities to dispense and administer drugs patients receive under a VA program or plan in accordance with their policies, provided the policies conform to applicable state and federal laws.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

Nursing Home Facility

By law, a “nursing home facility” means any nursing home or residential care home, rest home with nursing supervision, or chronic or convalescent nursing home (CGS 19a-521).

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