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CHAPTER 2006-71 Laws of FLORIDA

House Bill 7121, Section 29

Section 29. Emergency-preparedness prescription medication refills.

All health insurers, managed care organizations, and other entities that are licensed by the Office of Insurance Regulation and provide prescription medication coverage as part of a policy or contract shall waive time restrictions on prescription medication refills, which includes suspension of electronic "refill too soon" edits to pharmacies, to enable insureds or subscribers to refill prescriptions in advance, if there are authorized refills remaining, and shall authorize payment to pharmacies for at least a thirty day supply of any prescription medication, regardless of the date upon which the prescription had most recently been filled by a pharmacist, when the following conditions occur:

(1) The person seeking the prescription medication refill resides in a

county that:

(a) Is under a hurricane warning issued by the NWS

(b) Is declared to be under a state of emergency in an executive order issued by the Governor; or

(c) Has activated its emergency operations center and its emergency

management plan.

(2) The prescription medication refill is requested within 30 days after

the origination date of the conditions stated in this section or until such conditions are terminated by the issuing authority or no longer exists. The time period for the waiver of prescription medication refills may be extended in 15- or 30-day increments by emergency orders issued by the Office of Insurance Regulation.

This section does not excuse or exempt an insured or subscriber from compliance with all other terms of the policy or contract providing prescription medication coverage. This section takes effect July 1, 2006.

Approved by the Governor June 1, 2006.