Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, said it will be part of his new budget proposal. Few details were provided about how the plan would work, what kind of drugs it would produce, how much it would cost to enact or how much it might save the state—things that are likely to be studied in more depth as debate over the state budget begins in the coming months.
I've long been a proponent of sophisticated plan sponsors taking a more active approach in managing their pharmacy benefit. So it goes without saying, "I like this governor." The status quo does not sit well with him so he is constantly looking to make processes more efficient or cost-effective. For plan sponsors, this could mean carving out services usually controlled by the PBM (see figure 1).
But with a population of 40 million—nearly 1 in 3 of whom use the state’s Medicaid program for low-income people—Mr. Newsom is betting that California’s purchasing power can help it offer drugs at a lower price than they are offered commercially.
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