LANSING — In the ongoing effort by House Democrats to bring oversight and accountability to big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, State Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) has introduced legislation to prevent health insurers from denying a claim for a refill of a 90-day supply of a maintenance prescription, simply because there are fewer than 90 days left in a calendar year. In response to the introduction, Rep. Garza issued the following statement:

“Whether it’s the sky-rocketing cost of prescription drugs or loopholes like this one that keep medications from those who need them, now more than ever we need to bring transparency to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The current system puts everyday Michiganders and their loved ones at risk, sometimes denying life-saving medication for those who need it. My legislation will hold insurers accountable and ensure that no one is prevented from receiving the prescriptions they need simply because of an insurance company’s arbitrary reasoning.”