CO State Updates - 2015 Jan 10 No.01

On Jan. 28, 2015, The Colorado Division of Insurance published Bulletin No. B-4.82. The new bulletin is meant to clarify the Division's position regarding consumer cost-sharing variations for prescription drug benefits. The bulletin states that certain cost-sharing structures for prescription drug benefits may constitute discrimination that would violate Colorado insurance law. As an example, the Division will view the placement of most or all drugs used to treat a specific condition on the highest cost tiers as discrimination against those individuals who have chronic conditions that require treatment with such drugs. The bulletin also describes other prescription drug plan cost-sharing arrangements that may be problematic under Colorado law. The bulletin does not apply to grandfathered plans, transitional plans, large group plans and HSA-qualified HDHPs, and is intended to apply for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2016.

The bulletin does not affect Colorado employers' compliance obligations, but is a good resource for understanding how prescription drug plans must be structured in Colorado both on and off the state health insurance exchange.

Bulletin No. B-4.82  »