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  • P1. NCPA Legislative Top Priorities.

    P1. PAC Reception at NCPA’s 2015 Annual Convention.

    P2. Northwest Pharmacy Convention.

    P2. Highlights of August Pharmacy Visits.

    DECEMBER • 2015

    National Community Pharmacists Association Political Action Committee NCPA PAC UPDATE

    NCPA Legislative Top Priorities

    NCPA HAS CONTINUED TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR staff about NCPA’s legislative priorities and bills. Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (S. 1190/H.R. 793): These companion bills would give independent pharmacies the ability to participate in preferred networks if one or more of their stores is located in a health professional shortage area, one or more of their stores is located in a medically underserved population, and if they can meet the terms and conditions that are offered to other in-network pharmacies.

    • S. 1190 was introduced by Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sens. Sherrod Brown (D- Ohio), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and currently has 10 cosponsors.

    • H.R. 793 currently has 71 cosponsors and was introduced by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

    MAC Transparency Act (H.R. 244): Legislation was introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) that would provide transparency and fairness to community pharmacies regarding their reimbursement for generic drugs. This bill would require pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to disclose the rate of reimbursement in the contract and to update that rate at least once every seven days to reflect fluctuations in the market. Currently, H.R. 244 has 30 cosponsors.

    Provider Status Legislation (S. 314/H.R. 592): These companion bills would recognize pharmacists as providers under the Medicare Part B program. If enacted, pharmacists would be able to perform services for patients consistent with their state’s scope of practice if their pharmacy is located in a medically underserved area, health professional shortage area, or medically underserved population.

    • S. 314 was introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and currently has 38 cosponsors.

    • H.R. 592 was introduced by Reps. Brent Guthrie (R-Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and currently has 250 cosponsors. ■

    PAC Reception at NCPA’s 2015 Annual Convention

    NCPA PAC chairman, Steve Giroux, speaks at NCPA PAC Reception.

    EACH YEAR, NCPA HOLDS A PAC Fundraising Reception to raise funds for the NCPA PAC and to show our appreciation for our monthly PAC contributors. That’s not all—we also raffle off a trip to our Multiple Locations Pharmacy Conference. This year we exceeded our goal and raised over $35,000 at the Annual Convention. Thank you for your continued support.

    Congratulations to Jim and Dorinda Martin for winning a trip to NCPA’s Multiple Loca- tions Pharmacy Conference in February. Jim and Dorinda, we look forward to seeing you in Fort Myers! ■

  • Highlights of August Pharmacy Visits

    NCPA URGED ALL NCPA MEMBERS TO CONTACT THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS during the August congressional recess to voice support for NCPA’s three legislative priorities: Any Willing Pharmacy, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (H.R. 793/S. 1190); MAC Transparency Act (H.R. 244); and Provider Status legislation (H.R. 592/S. 314) and provided tips and resources to simplify the process. We were pleased that many NCPA members heeded this call to action and met directly with their legislators.

    NCPA members in Georgia met with Rep. Tom Price (R-GA.), chairman of the House Budget Committee who also serves on the Ways and Means Committee. The meeting was well attended and included participation from then-NCPA President John Sherrer, NCPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Steve Pfister, and Greg Reybold from the Georgia Pharmacy Association. It provided an opportunity to speak with Rep. Price about NCPA’s priority legislation.

    In Kansas, NCPA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Tomberlin joined Pete Stern with the Kansas Independent Pharmacy Services Corporation and local constituents in a meeting with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), a member of the House Ways and Means Com- mittee. Participants had an opportunity to applaud her support of H.R. 592 and to encour- age her to support H.R. 244 and H.R. 793.

    Similarly, in North Carolina, independent pharmacists and representatives from the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists met with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Following this meeting, she cosponsored H.R. 244.

    Independent pharmacists in North Dakota were particularly active in August and were able to meet with their entire congressional delegation: Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). All members of the North Dakota delegation had previously cospon- sored their respective provider status bills, and these meetings provided an opportunity to discuss MAC and any willing pharmacy legislation, among other pharmacy-related issues.

    Finally, in Pennsylvania, representatives from NCPA, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Associa- tion, and a contingent of independent pharmacists met with Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Rep. Marino is a longtime supporter of independent community pharmacy, having keynoted NCPA’s Legislative Conference in 2013 and cosponsoring H.R. 793. This meeting was a chance to continue the dialogue with him on these critical issues.

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) toured Hoye’s Pharmacy in Tampa, Fla. Rep. Bilirakis is a mem- ber of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and this visit allowed him to learn more about challenges faced by compounding pharmacies as well as H.R. 244 and H.R. 793. It also provided an opportunity for him to learn about prescription drug monitoring programs.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) with Linda Garrelts MacLean

    (Washington State University) and Holly Henry (Rxtra Care, Inc.).

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) speaking at Northwest

    Pharmacy Convention.

    Northwest Pharmacy Convention

    THIS SUMMER, REP. CATHY MCMORRIS Rodgers (R-Wash.) participated in the Northwest Pharmacy Convention in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Many NCPA members attend this meeting that is organized by the Washington, Idaho, and Montana State Pharmacy Associations.

    Rep. McMorris Rodgers spoke at the Convention’s opening reception, where she discussed the importance of inde- pendent pharmacies in their community. Following the opening reception, the NCPA PAC hosted a fundraiser for the Congresswoman, where several NPCA members participated by contributing to her campaign. Rep. McMorris Rodgers has been a longtime supporter of independent community pharmacy and serves in House Leadership as Chair of House Repub- lican Conference. Currently, she is the only member of House Leadership that is cosponsoring all three of NCPA’s priority bills (H.R. 244, H.R. 793, and H.R. 592). ■

  • In Iowa, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), a member of the House Energy and Com- merce Committee and original cosponsor of H.R. 244, toured Towncrest Pharmacy. Rep. Loebsack is a longtime supporter of independent community pharmacy and this visit allowed him to learn more about other issues that impact these small busi- ness providers.

    While these roundtable events were an ef- fective means to discuss policy, an equally important means is for members of Con- gress to visit independent pharmacies and get a firsthand look at the operations of one of their local small businesses. We thank everyone who participated in the round- table events and pharmacy visits. Remem- ber, it’s never too late to ask your member to visit your pharmacy! If you are interested in hosting your member of Congress for a pharmacy visit, please contact Kendal Ann Miller in the NCPA Government Affairs De- partment at 703-838-2695. ■


    From left to right: Pete Stern (Kansas Independent Pharmacy Services Corporation), Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Jody Reel

    (Reel Pharmacy Services, LLC) and Mike Tomberlin (NCPA).

    Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) meets with independent pharmacists and representatives from NCPA and the

    Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

    Pharmacy Visits Date Member of Congress Pharmacy State

    Jun. 17 Sen. Coats (R-IN) Custom Plus Pharmacy IN

    Jun. 24 Sen. Donnelly (D-IN) Custom Plus Pharmacy IN

    Jul. 31 Rep. Palmer (R-AL-6) Sniders Discount Pharmacy AL

    Aug. 4 Rep. Whitfield (R-KY-1) Strawberry Hills Pharmacy KY

    Aug. 10 Sen. Hoeven (R-ND) Roundtable ND

    Aug. 11 Rep. Price (R-GA-6) Roundtable GA

    Aug. 12 Rep. Johnson (R-OH-6) Medi Wise Pharmacy OH

    Aug. 12 Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV-3) Fruth Pharmacy WV

    Aug. 13 Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) Roundtable KS

    Aug. 17 Rep. Ellmers (R-NC-2) Roundtable NC

    Aug. 18 Rep. Crawford (R-AR-1) Soo's West End Pharmacy AR

    Aug. 19 Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL-12) Hoyes Pharmacy FL

    Aug. 19 Rep. Reed (R-NY-23) Roundtable NY

    Aug. 21 Rep. Burgess (R-TX-26) Roundtable TX

    Aug. 24 Rep. Collins (R-NY-27) Roundtable NY

    Aug. 24 Rep. Cramer (R-ND-At Large) Roundtable ND

    Aug. 24 Rep. Leutkemyer (R-MO-3) Whaley's East End Drug MO

    Aug. 25 Rep. Loebsack (D-IA-2) Towncrest Pharmacy IA