Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Long Beach) bill that protects modern and efficient processing of workers-compensation pharmacy claims was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Aug. 19. SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications by removing an unnecessary requirement for workers-compensation pharmacy claims to include a copy of a prescription.
“I am pleased that Governor Brown signed this common-sense measure,” Lara said. “This bill is a narrow but necessary fix that ensures the real-time processing of prescription medication for injured workers and prevents the denial of claims.”
SB 146 provides that a copy of a prescription for pharmaceutical services is not necessary unless required under a written agreement between an employer, insurer, or third-party claims administrator and a pharmacy.
SB 146 streamlines processes that are effective and helps to ensure injured workers receive their medications on time, Lara said. Due to the urgency clause in SB 146, this bill will go into effect immediately, the senator said.
Source: Lara’s office