Patients, health care groups, Nebraska Nurses Association, and the Nebraska Medical Association are fighting for consumer protection against prescription costs. The law will be the first in the country that protects patients and providers against unfair prescription cost practices. Some patients report spending over ten thousand dollars per year for one medication, while still maintaining Nebraska health insurance coverage.
All Nebraska health insurance policies would be required to limit the out of pocket expenses and provide reasonable prescription benefits. The bill also addressed the switching of patients to less costly drugs that do not have the same effectiveness to simply lower costs for Nebraska health insurance carriers.