Emergency Order Regarding Prescription Medication Delivery During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 27, 2020, the Insurance Department published an emergency order (Emergency Proceeding 20-EO-05) relating to prescription medication delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. As it relates to health plans, such plans are prohibited from enforcing contractual terms with pharmacies that prohibit pharmacies from delivering prescription medications or other pharmacy supplies/products via the mail, common carrier, or other home delivery methods or services to patients, insureds, or customers. In addition, group health plans are prohibited from refusing to pay or reimburse pharmacies if prescription medications or pharmacy supplies are delivered via mail, common carrier or other home delivery methods or services to a patient, insured or customer during the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders will remain in effect until further notice.

The emergency order contains no new employer compliance obligations. Employers with fully insured plans in West Virginia should reach out to their carrier with respect to any questions on prescription drug coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Order 20-EO-05 »