Colorado Passes Payment for Services Legislation

Colorado passed legislation last week requiring payment for health care services provided by a pharmacist.  HB 18-112, which passed in the Colorado Senate on Friday, March 23, is the first bill in Colorado to require payment for pharmacist-provided services. The bill requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for health care services provided by a pharmacist if:

  • The services are provided within a health professional shortage area; and
  • The health benefit plan provides coverage for the same services provided by a licensed physician or advanced practice nurse.

This means pharmacists in Colorado can now be reimbursed for non-dispensing services such as provision of contraception services, vaccine administration and tobacco cessation counseling.

The bill now goes to the governor for signature.

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