SB393 Background Information
In 1999, Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill (SB) 393, which was authored by state Senator Jackie Speier. This bill
established a new outpatient drug discount program for Medicare beneficiaries. It required that pharmacies charge
Medicare beneficiaries no more than the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate plus a small processing fee. Pharmacies
that wish to participate in Medi-Cal must participate in this program.
Please note that the drugs listed on this site are updated monthly from statistics gathered on frequently inquired upon
drugs by Medi-Cal pharmacy providers. The list contains approximately 200 drugs.
If you have questions about Senate Bill 393, contact the Department of Health Care
Services at 1-800-541-5555 or via e-mail at SB393Inquiry@dhcs.ca.gov