Measure Would Allow Prescription Refills With Social Security Number

Mike Seals - March 9, 2021 11:43 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando, today will present a measure on the House floor that would allow a person, with a state-issued ID card that has been expired for no more than one year, and who does not possess another form of ID to use their Social Security number for the purpose of filling a prescription.

House Bill 1246, authored by House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, is co-authored by every member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“If a person is prescribed a schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance, they must show a valid photo ID to fill that prescription,” Pfeiffer said. “For many Oklahomans that is their driver’s license. Yet it is extremely difficult, if not almost impossible, to renew a driver’s license at this moment. This means that many Oklahomans cannot get their prescriptions, which is unacceptable.”

The Department of Public Safety has struggled for months to bring the state driver’s license system online after having setbacks because of COVID-19 and technology problems with the transition to the state’s REAL ID system. Despite an executive order from the governor that relieved some restrictions for tag agents and allowed third parties to administer the driving portion of the tests, Pfeiffer said Oklahomans are still facing incredibly long wait times to get a driver’s license or to update their license.

HB 1246 would offer relief in this area, he said.

The bill is scheduled to be heard on the House floor today and will immediately be passed to the state Senate where it is authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. It is expected to be fast-tracked to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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