Legislation containing key language authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) to combat prescription drug abuse was signed into law on Oct. 27 by Gov. Tom Corbett. The new law expands the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to include Schedule II through V controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion, and identify “doctor shopping.” Pictured with Baker and the governor at the table is Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York), who sponsored the Senate bill.
The House passed legislation authored by Rep. Baker that would prohibit insurance policies from placing oral anticancer medications on a specialty tier or charging a co-insurance payment for the medication, thereby helping more patients afford a more convenient form of cancer treatment. Baker took part in a press conference advocating for ultimate passage of the legislation in the Senate prior to the end of the session year.