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