Initial Screening Provided Through Pharmacies Included as Outpatient Contraceptive Services

On June 8, 2018, Gov. Sununu signed HB 1822 into law. This legislation requires initial screening provided through pharmacies to be regarded as outpatient contraceptive services. Outpatient services include consultations, examinations and medical services provided on an outpatient basis, including the initial screening provided though pharmacies (as required by law at rates established by contracts between pharmacies and insurers or their PBM), and related to the use of FDA-approved contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy.

This new law allows pharmacists with a standing order authored by one or more licensed physicians or advanced practice registered nurses to dispense hormonal contraceptives without a prior prescription and with specific dispensing guidelines.

This bill becomes effective on and after Jan. 1, 2019. This bill contains no new employer obligations, but employers with fully insured plans in New Hampshire should review the new laws to better understand the required changes.

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