The passing of Mississippi House Bill 542 was met withpraise from the National Community PharmacistsAssociation. The law includes provisions to guaranteeprompt payment of health insurance claims to pharmacistsby pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The legislation,which goes into effect on June 30, 2006, amends theMississippi Pharmacy Practice Act. It will require thatPBMs do the following:
The Board of Pharmacy will monitor PBMs for compliancewith the law and has the power to subject them toadministrative penalties for noncompliance.