Late last week, pharmacy trade associations sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional leadership outlining key priorities as they look to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) called on the incoming Administration and Congress to maintain and ensure patient access to pharmacy in any type of Medicare and Medicaid reform they consider. President-elect Trump and Congressional Republicans have signaled that they will examine ways to improve the delivery of care within the Medicaid and Medicare programs. While Trump or Congressional leadership has not officially advanced any specific policies, the pharmacy groups highlighted a handful of key proposals to ensure protection of pharmacy access, including:
- Increasing the role of pharmacists as providers under the Medicare Program
- Promoting policies that boost patient medication adherence
- Leaving intact the Medicaid drug provisions from the ACA which provides for fair and accurate reimbursement
AmerisourceBergen will be actively engaged as Congress reviews and submits proposals to “repeal and replace” the ACA. ABC will continue to advance policies that promote fair reimbursement as well as provider status and any willing pharmacy legislation.
A copy of the letter can be found here
A copy of NACDS's press release can be found here