42 U.S. Code § 1395w–153 - Condition for coverage of drugs under this part

(a) In generalIn order for coverage to be available under this part for covered part D drugs (as defined in section 1395w–102(e) of this title) of a manufacturer, the manufacturer must—
participate in the Medicare coverage gap discount program under section 1395w–114a of this title;
have entered into and have in effect an agreement described in subsection (b) of such section with the Secretary; and
have entered into and have in effect, under terms and conditions specified by the Secretary, a contract with a third party that the Secretary has entered into a contract with under subsection (d)(3) of such section.
(b) Effective date

Subsection (a) shall apply to covered part D drugs dispensed under this part on or after January 1, 2011.

(c) Authorizing coverage for drugs not covered under agreementsSubsection (a) shall not apply to the dispensing of a covered part D drug if—
the Secretary has made a determination that the availability of the drug is essential to the health of beneficiaries under this part; or
the Secretary determines that in the period beginning on January 1, 2011, and [1] December 31, 2011, there were extenuating circumstances.
(d) Definition of manufacturer

In this section, the term “manufacturer” has the meaning given such term in section 1395w–114a(g)(5) of this title.

(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title XVIII, § 1860D–43, as added Pub. L. 111–148, title III, § 3301(a), Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 461; amended Pub. L. 111–152, title I, § 1101(b)(1), Mar. 30, 2010, 124 Stat. 1037.)

[1]  So in original. Probably should be followed by “ending on”.
Editorial Notes

2010—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 111–152, § 1101(b)(1)(A), substituted “January 1, 2011” for “July 1, 2010”.

Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 111–152, § 1101(b)(1)(B), substituted “January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011,” for “July 1, 2010, and ending on December 31, 2010,”.

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