Alexandria, Va. - March 10, 2010
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today congratulated the Senate for passing H.R. 4213, theAmerican Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010, introduced by Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Max Baucus (D-MT), and urged the House of Representatives to take swift action. H.R. 4213 contains several health care provisions helpful to community pharmacists and their patients. Namely, additional Medicaid funding to assist state efforts to avoid cutting the program as well as a limited pharmacy exemption from time-consuming, redundant and expensive accreditation requirements to sell Medicare Part B durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics and supplies (DMEPOS). In response, NCPA Executive Vice President and CEO Bruce T. Roberts, RPh, issued the following statement: “The Senate did the right thing in approving provisions that help ensure Medicare and Medicaid patients’ access to health care is not compromised. We want to express special thanks for the leadership of Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley (R-IA) who, as the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, have long championed the need for exempting pharmacies from the unnecessary Medicare Part B accreditation requirements. Senator Harry Reid is also to be commended for allowing these provisions to be included in the bill. “These important provisions give seniors more options to obtain valuable medical supplies, like diabetes testing strips, and maintain the ability of our most economically disadvantaged patients to purchase needed prescription drugs. Now it is critical that when House lawmakers consider moving their own ‘jobs’ bill, that these pharmacy and patient-friendly provisions be included. When that occurs we know that Representatives Marion Berry (D-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Zach Space (D-OH), and Lee Terry (R-NE) will be at the forefront of those efforts as their previous leadership in addressing these concerns demonstrates.” The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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