Health care and health insurance lobbyists were out in force as the House Health and Human Services Committee held a meeting on pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) and the role they play in Florida’s health care delivery system.
Committee members heard from a panel that included an independent pharmacist, a CVS Caremark representative, a representative from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a pharmacist with Publix, a pharmacist representing Prime Therapeutics, and the medical director for the Florida Association of Health Plans (FAHP).
House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Randy Fine likened the 90-minute meeting to the first day of class.
“What we tried to accomplish today is to say, ‘Hey, we are going to work on this this Session. This is like the first day of class. There‘s a lot more classes to come; there’s a lot more learning to do. But I think this gets everyone thinking about it and fired up about working on it,” Fine said.
“Sometimes I have committee meetings and I am trying to lay the predicate for a specific bill; like I know the bill that is coming and I have the committee meeting and so I am trying to lay the