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Staff from CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) recently hosted a legislative briefing to discuss the Prescription Monitoring Program Compact in conjunction with CSG's Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.  During the half day briefing legislators, executive branch officials, and other interested stakeholders had an opportunity to learn about the specifics of the newly drafted compact. 

A quarter per prescriber: That’s how much states will be asked to pay for membership in a new prescription monitoring compact.  The cost for participating compact states is one of several details discussed at The Council of State Governments’ 2010 National Conference Dec. 6 in Providence, R.I. The compact has been in the works for a year, but policymakers got their first detailed look at the proposed compact during a half-day session at the conference.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) supports The Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact, also supported by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), the surplus and excess lines industry, and major national property-casualty and producer organizations—to comply with the NRRA and maximize state non-admitted insurance premium tax collection.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) encourages states to adopt and support a robust and flexible intrastate prescription drug monitoring program to better track and prevent the illicit access to, distribution and use of prescription drugs;

In the last few weeks NCIC staff has been working to help facilitate an agreement between various stakeholdres for the modified Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact, known as SLIMPACT-Lite.  The compact, which aims to bring the surplus lines insurance market in compliance with the Nonadmitted Insurance and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) section of the Dodd-Frank fiscal reform bill, was widely endorsed by state legislators and industry officials at the National Conference of Insurnace Legislators (NCOIL) recently concluded meeting.  Both Crady deGolian and Rick Masters were in attendance at the meeting to discuss the importance of the compact and the need for state action in order to avoid federal regulation.  Additionally, a resolution encouraging states to consider adoption of the compact will be consider at CSG's upcoming meeting Dec. 3-6 in Providence, RI.  To read the complete press release about CSG's involvement with SLIMPACT-Lite please click here

LEXINGTON, Ky.-The National Center for Interstate Compacts helped create language for a new insurance compact endorsed by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, or NCOIL, at a state summit in Austin Sunday. The National Center is part of The Council of State Governments, the nation's only organization serving all three branches of state government.

The compact is called SLIMPACT-Lite--the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact. The surplus lines industry provides an insurance market for hard-to-...

Crady deGolian, Senior Policy Analyst with CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC), spent time yesterday discussing the details of the newly drafted Prescription Monitoring Program Compact with the Executive Board of the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs.  During the call board members asked questions about compacts in general and the specifics of the Prescription Monitoring Program Compact.

Crady deGolian, Senior Policy Analyst with CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) and Rick Masters, special counsel to NCIC, participated in the Prescription Drug Abuse Forum hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.  The meeting, which was co-chaired Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05), Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), and Congressman Bill Delahunt (MA-10) provided an opportunity for subject matter experts to brief members of Congress and legislative staffers about the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and steps that are being taken to combat the problem.  

The Prescription Monitoring Program Compact is nearly drafted following a successful meeting between CSG staff and prescription monitoring program experts.  During the day-and-a-half meeting the draft compact underwent a detailed review, with extensive emphasis placed on the compact's Purpose Statement, its definitions, Article III dealing with authorized uses and restrictions on the prescription data, Article IV addressing technology and security, and Article V addressing funding.

The Council of State Governments will convene the fourth meeting of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Compact drafting team next week.  During the meeting, which will take place September 13-14 in Lexington, finishing touches will be put on the draft compact, which CSG aims to have ready for introduction into the states during the 2011 session.  CSG, through The National Center for Interstate Compacts, began efforts to draft the compact in late 2010 at the request of its membership.  To learn more about the meeting or the compact please check CSG's Knowledge Center following the meeting or contact Crady deGolian at or at 859-244-8068.