Introduced Version House Bill 2961 History

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West Virginia Legislature

2016 Regular Session


House Bill 2961


2015 Carryover

(By Delegates Eldridge, R. Phillips, Lynch,  Fluharty, Trecost, Ferro, Sponaugle and Campbell)


[Introduced January 13, 2016; referred to the

Committee on Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary.]



A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §33‑15‑4l, relating to abuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drugs.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §33‑15‑4l, to read as follows:


§33‑15‑4l.  Abuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drugs.

(a) Findings B The legislature makes the following findings:

(1) That the abuse of opioids is a serious problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of the state;

(2) That an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012;

(3) That the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has more than quadrupled since 1999; and

(4) That it is imperative for people suffering from pain to get the relief they need while minimizing the potential for negative consequences.

(b) Definitions ‑‑

(1) AOpioid analgesic drug product@ means a drug product in the opioid analgesic drug class prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain or other conditions, whether in immediate release or extended release/ long‑acting form and whether or not combined with other drug substances to form a single drug product or dosage form.

(2) AAbuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drug product@ means a brand or generic opioid analgesic drug product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with abuse‑deterrence labeling claims that indicate the drug product is expected to result in a meaningful reduction in abuse.

(3) ACost sharing@ means any coverage limit, copayment, coinsurance, deductible, or other out‑of‑pocket expense requirements.

(c) Coverage B Notwithstanding any provision of any policy, provision, contract, plan or agreement applicable to this article, any health insurance policy subject to this article, issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2015,  shall provide coverage for abuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drugs as preferred drugs on their formulary, preferred drug list or other lists of similar construct.  Cost‑sharing for abuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drug products shall not exceed the lowest cost‑sharing level applied to prescription drugs.  An increase in patient cost sharing or other disincentives for prescribers or dispensers is not  allowed to achieve compliance with this section.

(d) Utilization  management B  Any prior authorization requirements or other utilization review measures for opioid analgesic drug products, and any service denials made pursuant thereto, may not require first use of nonabuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drug products in order to access opioid analgesic drug products with abuse‑deterrent properties. This section does not be  prevent an insurer or health plan from applying prior authorization requirements to abuse‑deterrent opioid analgesic drug products: Provided, That the requirements are applied to nonabuse‑deterrent versions of that opioid.




NOTE:  The purpose of this bill is to provide access to opioid analgesics with abuse‑deterrent properties.


§33‑15‑4l is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

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