• Current through October 23, 2012

The Council finds that:

(1) Affordability is critical in providing access to prescription drugs for District of Columbia residents.

(2) AccessRx enables the District to take steps to make prescription drugs more affordable for qualified District residents, thereby increasing the overall health of District residents, promoting healthy communities, and protecting the public health and welfare.

(3) AccessRx can be integrated with any District-wide program for the uninsured.

(4) The intent of AccessRx is not to discourage employers from offering or paying for prescription drug benefits for their employees or to replace employer-sponsored prescription drug benefit plans that provide benefits comparable to those made available to qualified District residents under AccessRx.

(May 18, 2004, D.C. Law 15-164, § 101, 51 DCR 3688.)


Legislative History of Laws

Law 15-164, the "Access RX Act of 2004", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 15-569, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on February 3, 2004, and March 2, 2004, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on March 24, 2004, it was assigned Act No. 15-410 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 15-164 became effective on May 18, 2004.