Relating to the Provision of Tobacco Cessation Services by Pharmacists
|Sponsor:||Representative Paul Chace, House 46|
|Bill #:||LD 455|
Support. This is a RAM initiated bill.
UPDATE: This bill has been passed. It will take effect 90 days post-adjournment.
UPDATE: This bill has been passed by the House and the Senate.
UPDATE: This bill is tabled.
UPDATE: This bill received a unanimous Ought to Pass as Amended vote from the committee.
This bill amends the laws governing the practice of pharmacy to expressly include tobacco cessation counseling services and the furnishing of nicotine replacement products approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. It also requires pharmacists to be reimbursed by the MaineCare program for these services. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules by January 1, 2018 for the reimbursement of pharmacists for counseling services. It also requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules by January 1, 2018 in consultation with the Board of Licensure in Medicine for the provision of tobacco cessation counseling services by pharmacists and the furnishing by pharmacists of nicotine replacement products that are approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.