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Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would guard non-medical switching, which refers to an insurer changing coverage in the middle of a plan year, even though most plan participants are locked in, the Chicago Tribune tells us. The proposed bill would prohibit commercial health insurers from modifying coverage of a drug during the plan year if it has previously approved the drug for a medical condition. It would not prevent plans from requiring pharmacists to give generic substitutions or from adding new drugs for coverage.

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