2009 -- S 0849
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
SPECIAL SENATE TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR THE UTILIZATION OF
Introduced By: Senator John J. Tassoni
Date Introduced: April 08, 2009
WHEREAS, Providing access to prescription drugs for employees and their families
represents a significant health insurance cost to the State and municipalities; and
WHEREAS, Many individuals are dependant upon maintenance medications for chronic
WHEREAS, The state of
state and municipal employees while garnering, for the state, dispensation fees and other
pharmacy rebates; and
WHEREAS, Providing maintenance prescriptions through this pharmacy for state and
municipal employees and their families could ease access and significantly reduce insurance costs
for the State and municipalities; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That a Special Senate Task Force be and the same is hereby created
consisting of nine (9) members: three (3) of whom shall be from the Senate, not more than two
(2) from the same political party to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom
shall be the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, or designee; one of
whom shall be the Dean of the
designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the State Department of Health, or designee; two
(2) of whom shall be representatives of the Rhode Island Council 94 of the American Federation
of State, County and Municipal Employees; and one of whom shall be the director of the State
Department of Administration, or designee.
The purpose of said task force shall be to study all aspects and implications related to the
establishment of a program for the utilization of the
distribution of prescription drugs to state and municipal employees; to, on or before May 1,
2009, develop a feasibility assessment and initial fiscal impact analysis detailing the costs and
potential savings associated with such a program; to, on or before June 1, 2009, develop an
implementation plan for state employees to voluntarily receive their maintenance prescription
drugs through the Eleanor Slater pharmacy, and; to, on or before July 1, 2009, develop an
implementation plan for municipal employees to voluntarily receive their prescription drugs
through the Eleanor Slater pharmacy.
The membership of said task force shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information,
documentary and otherwise, to said Task Force and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable
by the Task Force to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The office of the President of the Senate is hereby authorized and directed to provide
suitable quarters for said Task Force; and be it further
RESOLVED, That said Task Force shall expire on July 31, 2009.