Senate Approves Bill to Protect Assisted Living

Center Residents’ Right to Choose Pharmacy

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved unanimously by the Oklahoma Senate would allow assisted living center residents to continue doing business with local pharmacies without fear of penalty.

State Rep. Mike Sanders praised the passage of House Bill 2566, which would ban assisted living centers from penalizing residents for using their choice of providers for medical services and supplies.

“This legislation supports local pharmacies, protects our access to nearby health care providers and gives patients the right to choose their pharmacy of choice without being penalized,” said Sanders (R-Kingfisher). “I have been very unhappy with the way that an assisted living center in my district had gone about trying to initiate this penalty and I am pleased to see this bill that will ban such a penalty one step away from becoming law. If the governor signs this legislation, assisted living center residents will be able to continue to use the local pharmacies here that offer such a high quality of service.”

If signed into law, the legislation will take effect Nov. 1, 2012.

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