2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:27F-1 - Definitions relative to pharmacy benefits managers.

17B:27F-1 Definitions relative to pharmacy benefits managers.

1. As used in this act:

"Carrier" means an insurance company, health service corporation, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, or health maintenance organization authorized to issue health benefits plans in this State.

"Contracted Pharmacy" means a pharmacy that participates in the network of a pharmacy benefits manager through a contract with:

a. the pharmacy benefits manager directly;

b. a pharmacy services administration organization; or

c. a pharmacy group purchasing organization.

"Covered person" means a person on whose behalf a carrier or other entity, who is the sponsor of the health benefits plan, is obligated to pay benefits pursuant to a health benefits plan.

"Drug" means a drug or device as defined in R.S.24:1-1.

"Health benefits plan" means a benefits plan which pays hospital or medical expense benefits for covered services, or prescription drug benefits for covered services, and is delivered or issued for delivery in this State by or through a carrier or any other sponsor, including, but not limited to, a carrier, self-insured employer, or union. For the purposes of this act, health benefits plan shall not include the following plans, policies or contracts: accident only, credit disability, long-term care, Medicare supplement coverage; CHAMPUS supplement coverage, coverage for Medicare services pursuant to a contract with the United States government, coverage arising out of a worker's compensation or similar law, coverage under a policy of private passenger automobile insurance issued pursuant to P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-1 et seq.), or hospital confinement indemnity coverage.

"Pharmacy" means any place in the State where drugs are dispensed or pharmaceutical care is provided by a licensed pharmacist, but shall not include a medical office under the control of a licensed physician.

"Pharmacy benefits manager" means a corporation, business, or other entity, or unit within a corporation, business, or other entity, that administers prescription drug benefits on behalf of a purchaser.

"Pharmacy benefits management services" means the provision of any of the following services on behalf of a purchaser: the procurement of prescription drugs at a negotiated rate for dispensation within this State; the processing of prescription drug claims; or the administration of payments related to prescription drug claims.

"Prescription" means a prescription as defined in section 5 of P.L.1977, c.240 (C.24:6E-4).

"Prescription drug benefits" means the benefits provided for prescription drugs and pharmacy services for covered services under a health benefits plan contract.

"Purchaser" means any sponsor of a health benefits plan who enters into an agreement with a pharmacy benefits management company for the provision of pharmacy benefits management services to covered persons.

L.2015, c.179, s.1.

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