New Del. Law Caps Cost of Speciality Prescription Drugs - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

New Del. Law Caps Cost of Speciality Prescription Drugs

Posted:
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the new bill into law on Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC) Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the new bill into law on Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Dealing with the sometimes extreme costs of having a serious, chronic disease just got a little easier in Delaware. A new bill was signed into law Tuesday and takes effect Jan. 1.

The law limits co-pays for people needing prescription drugs for many serious, chronic health problems. Some of those problems are common, like rheumatoid arthritis. Some are rare, like hemophilia.

Two of Greg Newman's five kids were born with hemophilia. His son, Tommy, died from it in 1997. His son, John, is a college student who deals with the disease every day. Hemophilia is an extremely serious genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to stop even the smallest bleeding - whether external, a cut, or internal, a bruise. There is medicine to help deal with the disease.

"It clots the blood automatically," Newman, from Felton, said. "But it doesn't last more than 24 to 48 hours. So, if they get a bleed every other day, that means that have to keep getting the medicine every other day."

That gets expensive.

"[Before insurance it's] $95,000 per month. That's $1.2 million per year," said Newman. "[With insurance] About $5,000 per year [and with the new law] $3,000 per year."

According to Gov. Jack Markell's office, under the law the co-pay for these specialty drugs will be limited to $150 per month for up to a 30-day supply.

But other people are paying tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket not just per year, but per month. And it's not just people dealing with hemophilia but many other diseases, like HIV.

"A lot of people who are HIV positive are also low-income and have limited resources," said Joe Scarborough, with the Delaware HIV Consortium. "So, the expense is outrageous. Anything we can do to keep a check on these medications and the costs associated with them is very important."

And Newman says if you think this law only impacts Delawareans currently treating one of these chronic diseases, think again.

"It's going to affect people tomorrow who don't know that it's going to have an effect on them today, because they may not be diagnosed with that disease yet."

It would be easy to see why drug companies and health insurance companies might not like this law. The bill took three years to get together and pass. And by the end, those industries were on board. Representatives from both were at the bill signing.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Shoreline Under Repair Along NASA Wallops Flight Facility

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:05:19 GMT
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
    For more than one year, the Atlantic Ocean has been chewing up a zone that protects NASA's most critical launch assets on Wallops Island. Hurricane Sandy is to blame. Now, a coastal restoration project is underway to fix the damage on the coastline.More
  • Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Second Public Hearing Brings More Opposition

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:24:04 GMT
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
    When Planning and Zoning held their public hearing on July 10, hundreds of people came out to voice their support and opposition to a country music festival in the Harbeson area. Approximately two weeks later on Tuesday afternoon about 100 showed up to voice their opinion, primarily in opposition. The County Council heard from dozens of neighbors who said they were staunchly against the festival, citing potential problems with noise, traffic, pollution, and crime.More
  • Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Del. Police See High Crime Clearance Rate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:27:14 GMT
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
    The Dover Police Department says its criminal investigations unit could see its best clearance rate in five years.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:45:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek.More
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek. More
  • Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
    Fire has destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church located on westbound Route 50 in Hebron.More
    Authorities are investigating a Tuesday fire that destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Route 50 in Hebron, Md. Preliminary damage is estimated at approximately $500,000.More
  • Stolen Hotel Painting Found

    Stolen Hotel Painting Found

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:28:53 GMT
    A portrait was stolen Sunday evening from the Dunes Manor Hotel, but it's been returned.More
    A portrait was stolen Sunday evening from the Dunes Manor Hotel, but it's been returned.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service