NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In

More than 230 community pharmacists from 37 states trekked to Capitol Hill April 26-27 to advocate for their hometown patients and businesses personally with elected officials. This was the 49th consecutive year NCPA has held a legislative conference in our nation's capital. Four legislative priorities were the focus of the face-to-face discussions in more than 600 congressional office visits this year. The priority measures are:

  • The Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act (S. 413/H.R. 1038): Would end retroactive pharmacy DIR fees that push Medicare patients more quickly into the Part D coverage "donut hole."

  • The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (H.R. 1939): Would expand pharmacy choice for Medicare beneficiaries seeking discounted copays in preferred plans.

  • The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (H.R. 1316): Would create more transparency for generic prescription drug pricing and reimbursement in federal health programs.

  • The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 109): Would enable pharmacists to more fully utilize their education, training, and expertise in areas where there are primary care physician shortages.

NCPA members also discussed solid recommendations for building new, innovative models of health care delivery and medication management that leverage the extensive expertise—and accessibility—of neighborhood pharmacists to reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions, prevent adverse drug interactions, and improve patients' medication adherence.

You can continue to make your voice heard on these issues by contacting your elected officials via email through the NCPA Legislative Action Center.

Check back here for information about the 2018 Congressional Pharmacy Summit, which will be held April 11-12, 2018 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Va.


Rep. Collins with GA pharmacists
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