Former Governors to Discuss States' Health Care, Budget Outlook and Pharmacy Issues at 2011 NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

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Alexandria, Va. - June 21, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced the speakers for its Second General Session and Government Affairs Forum to be held during its 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville October 8-12, 2011.

The session, scheduled for the morning of October 10th, will feature Phil Bredesen, former Democratic governor of Tennessee and Jim Douglas, former Republican governor of Vermont. They will discuss budgetary, health care and political developments affecting all 50 states and how community pharmacists can maintain and grow their business in such an environment.

"With so much activity taking place in the states, we think there is no one better to offer the roadmap for what to expect in the future than these two former state governors," said NCPA President and Waterloo, Iowa pharmacy owner Robert Greenwood, RPh.

Philip Bredesen, a Democrat, served as Tennessee's governor from 2003 until 2011. Known for his nonpartisan approach to problem solving and careful fiscal management, Bredesen's political style proved successful and popular. Among senior elected officials, Governor Bredesen has a unique depth of experience in the field of health care. As a private sector entrepreneur, he started a managed care business from his home in 1980 and grew it to an NYSE-listed company with 6,000 employees before the end of the decade. As governor, he reformed Tennessee's out-of-control Medicaid program—called TennCare—and developed several innovative approaches to assisting the uninsured. He was a leader nationally in eHealth initiatives and served as both the Policy Chair of the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic co-chair of the National Governor's Association task force on health reform. He is also the author of Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System.

Former Governor James H. Douglas, Vermont's governor from 2002-2010, has been serving the people of Vermont for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Governor Douglas focused on strengthening the state's economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state's natural environment. He advanced groundbreaking health reforms that have made Vermont a model among the states in health care. Governor Douglas has been chosen for leadership positions by his colleagues, having served as the president of the Council of State Governments, chairman (twice) of the New England Governors' Conference and chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. He is the immediate past chairman of the National Governors Association. In February 2010 President Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors.

Governors Bredesen and Douglas co-chaired the 'State Alliance for e-Health' for several years. Governor Douglas chaired the NGA Committee on Health & Human Services and was recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance last year for Vermont's groundbreaking health reform efforts. In 2006 Governor Douglas was recognized by AARP for "putting health care before politics" in passing a law that year that reduced the state's uninsured population and promoted a new model of delivery. America's Health Rankings has rated Vermont #1 as the healthiest state in the nation for the past several years, thanks to a focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of chronic disease and a strategy of encouraging everyone to have a medical home.

The NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will feature nearly 20 hours of continuing education credits on topics including 340B, medication therapy management (MTM), adherence, technology and pharmacy-sustaining niches including long-term care, immunizations, compounding and more. The NCPA Trade Exposition is the most powerful and productive trade show in the independent pharmacy industry with hundreds of companies, offering attendees the best opportunity to secure the latest in products and services from a greater variety of vendors not available at other shows in the pharmacy industry.

For more information and to register, visit the NCPA website.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% 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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