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§21–2C–14.    ** CONTINGENCY – NOT IN EFFECT – CHAPTER 425 OF 2020 **

    (a)    On or after January 1, 2022, the Board, in accordance with the plan of action approved under § 21–2C–13 of this subtitle, may set upper payment limits for prescription drug products that are:

        (1)    Purchased or paid for by a unit of State or local government or an organization on behalf of a unit of State or local government, including:

            (i)    State or county correctional facilities;

            (ii)    State hospitals; and

            (iii)    Health clinics at State institutions of higher education;

        (2)    Paid for through a health benefit plan on behalf of a unit of State or local government, including a county, bicounty, or municipal employee health benefit plan; or

        (3)    Purchased for or paid for by the Maryland State Medical Assistance Program.

    (b)    The upper payment limits set under subsection (a) of this section shall:

        (1)    Be for prescription drug products that have led or will lead to an affordability challenge; and

        (2)    Be set in accordance with the criteria established in regulations adopted by the Board.

    (c)    (1)    The Board shall:

            (i)    Monitor the availability of any prescription drug product for which it sets an upper payment limit; and

            (ii)    If there becomes a shortage of the prescription drug product in the State, reconsider whether the upper payment limit should be suspended or altered.

        (2)    An upper payment limit set under subsection (a) of this section may not be applied to a prescription drug product while the prescription drug product is on the federal Food and Drug Administration prescription drug shortage list.



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