Patient First
Policy for California

Passing Prescription Savings to Californians


The Issue

Health insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate significant rebates and discounts when purchasing medications from drug manufacturers, but fail to pass those rebates and discounts on to patients.

As a result, many insured Californians with chronic conditions are paying nearly double what their insurer is paying for lifesaving and life-sustaining medication.

The Solution

California lawmakers are championing a simple solution – share the savings with our most vulnerable neighbors. This legislation would require insurers and PBMs to share the benefit of rebates and negotiated discounts directly with patients.

It is time to fix the financial burden placed on people living with chronic conditions. 

Our Work

The Patient Pocket Protector Coalition believes that prescription drug rebates should be shared with patients. 133 million American live with at least one chronic condition; 1 in 4 Americans live with 2 or more, and rebates for necessary prescription medications is, on average, 48%. Our goal is to protect patients’ pockets by holding politicians accountable for out-of-pocket costs and unregulated Pharmacy Benefit Managers.

Tell California legislators it is time to share the savings.


The Latest

July 11, 2023
California Is One Step Closer to Reforming Its Prescription Drug Rebate System
“We commend the members of the Assembly Health Committee...
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June 27, 2023
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) keep finding new ways to drive up the cost...
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June 22, 2023
California Black Health Network Executive Director Rhonda Smith: Making Rx Rebates Make Sense in California
In my eyes, SB 873 is a no brainer...
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June 8, 2023
Sen. Steven Bradford & California Access Coalition Executive Director Le Ondra Clark Harvey: Pharmacy middle men drive up out-of-pocket costs
Taking substitute medicines can result in a bevy of issues. And for those...
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May 31, 2023
Rebate Reform Legislation in California to Benefit Patients Not Corporations
Senate Bill 873 will require rebate accountability protocols, reducing...
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May 18, 2023
SB 873 Passes Senate Appropriations Committee
“We applaud Chair Anthony Portantino (D-Burbank) and...
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May 10, 2023
SB 873 Cosponsors Respond to Indiana's Successful Passage of Rebate Reform Legislation
“We applaud Indiana Governor Holcomb and the state Legislature
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April 19, 2023
SB 873 Passes Senate Health Committee
"While health plans and pharmacy benefit managers...
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April 18, 2023
Reforming California’s Prescription Drug Rebate System Will Benefit Patients
“In virtually every other scenario, consumers benefit from negotiated rebates...
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February 28, 2023
Senator Bradford Introduces Bill to Reduce Patients’ Out-of-Pocket Costs
California patients will see the cost of their prescription medications lowered
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July 10, 2023
Pharmacy rebates need to be passed on to patients
When I was 10 years old, I came home to a surprise in the middle of my living
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December 21, 2022
Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) Spearheads Patient Pocket Protector Coalition to Lower Drug Costs and Advocate for PBM Reform
The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) announced its commitment to lower
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May 5, 2022
California's broken drug rebate system
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February 17, 2023
Prescription Drug Affordibility
While health insurance plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate sign
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