IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 4, 2017
Mr. Warner (for himself and Mr. Scott) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to strengthen rules in case of competition for diabetic testing strips, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act of 2017.
Strengthening rules in case of competition for diabetic testing strips
Special rule in case of competition for diabetic testing strips
Paragraph (10) of section 1847(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–3(b)) is amended—
in subparagraph (A), by striking the second sentence and inserting the following new sentence:
With respect to bids to furnish such types of products on or after January 1, 2019, the volume for such types of products shall be determined by the Secretary through the use of multiple sources of data (from mail order and non-mail order Medicare markets), including market-based data measuring sales of diabetic testing strip products that are not exclusively sold by a single retailer from such markets.; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
Demonstration of ability to furnish types of diabetic testing strip products
With respect to bids to furnish diabetic testing strip products on or after January 1, 2019, under the program described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall reject a bid submitted by an entity if the entity does not attest to the Secretary and demonstrate, through letters of intent with manufacturers, wholesalers, or other suppliers, or other evidence as the Secretary may specify, that the entity has the ability to obtain an inventory of the types and quantities of diabetic testing strip products that will allow the entity to furnish such products in a manner consistent with its bid.
Use of unlisted types in calculation of percentage
With respect to bids to furnish diabetic testing strip products on or after January 1, 2019, in determining under subparagraph (A) whether a bid submitted by an entity under such subparagraph covers 50 percent (or such higher percentage as the Secretary may specify) of all types of diabetic testing strip products, the Secretary may not attribute a percentage to types of diabetic testing strip products that the Secretary does not identify by brand, model, and market share volume.
Adherence to demonstration
In the case of an entity that is furnishing diabetic testing strip products on or after January 1, 2019, under a contract entered into under the competition conducted pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary shall establish a process to monitor, on an ongoing basis, the extent to which such entity continues to cover the product types included in the entity's bid.
If the Secretary determines that an entity described in clause (i) fails to maintain in inventory, or otherwise maintain ready access to (through requirements contracts or otherwise) a type of product included in the entity's bid, the Secretary may terminate such contract unless the Secretary finds that the failure of the entity to maintain inventory of, or ready access to, the product is the result of the discontinuation of the product by the product manufacturer, a market-wide shortage of the product, or the introduction of a newer model or version of the product in the market involved.
Codifying and Expanding Anti-Switching Rule
Section 1847(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–3(b)), as amended by subsection (a)(1), is further amended—
by redesignating paragraph (11) as paragraph (12); and
by inserting after paragraph (10) the following new paragraph:
Additional special rules in case of competition for diabetic testing strips
With respect to an entity that is furnishing diabetic testing strip products to individuals under a contract entered into under the competitive acquisition program established under this section, the entity shall furnish to each individual a brand of such products that is compatible with the home blood glucose monitor selected by the individual.
Prohibition on influencing and incentivizing
An entity described in subparagraph (A) may not attempt to influence or incentivize an individual to switch the brand of glucose monitor or diabetic testing strip product selected by the individual, including by—
persuading, pressuring, or advising the individual to switch; or
furnishing information about alternative brands to the individual where the individual has not requested such information.
Provision of information
Not later than January 1, 2019, the Secretary shall develop and make available to entities described in subparagraph (A) standardized information that describes the rights of an individual with respect to such an entity. The information described in the preceding sentence shall include information regarding—
the requirements established under subparagraphs (A) and (B);
the right of the individual to purchase diabetic testing strip products from another mail order supplier of such products or a retail pharmacy if the entity is not able to furnish the brand of such product that is compatible with the home blood glucose monitor selected by the individual; and
the right of the individual to return diabetic testing strip products furnished to the individual by the entity.
With respect to diabetic testing strip products furnished on or after the date on which the Secretary develops the standardized information under clause (i), an entity described in subparagraph (A) may not communicate directly to an individual until the entity has verbally provided the individual with such standardized information.
With respect to diabetic testing strip products furnished on or after January 1, 2019, the Secretary shall require an entity furnishing diabetic testing strip products to an individual to contact and receive a request from the individual for such products not more than 14 days prior to dispensing a refill of such products to the individual.
Implementation; non-Application of the Paperwork Reduction Act
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may implement the provisions of, and amendments made by, this section by program instruction or otherwise.
Non-application of the Paperwork Reduction Act
Chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code (commonly referred to as the ‘Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995’) shall not apply to this section or the amendments made by this section.