Florida patients, particularly those living with chronic conditions, require consistent and reliable access to health care in order to manage symptoms and treat their illness. However, many health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are coming between patients and the medications they need by driving up prices for their own bottom line.

PBMs act as the middlemen between health insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. They decide which therapies health plans cover—and assign restrictions and out-of-pocket costs for insured consumers.

PBM decisions are often based not on what’s in the best interest for Florida patients, but on what’s best for health plans in the name of cost containment. PBMs are for-profit businesses that pocket much of the negotiated discounts and rebates, while passing any cost savings onto the health plans they represent, rather than to the patients struggling to afford the care they need.

Luckily, earlier this year Gov. DeSantis signed legislation that places restrictions on these industry middlemen and improves transparency into PBM practices to help patients access and afford the care they need. This is an important step in helping Florida patients get the care they need when they need it.

Join the fight to help us improve access to health care for Floridians today.