AmerisourceBergen Endorses Re-Introduction of Pharmacy Provider Status Legislation

Jan 23, 2017

Members in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate re-introduced bipartisan legislation to increase patient access to care in medically underserved areas.  The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S.109 and H.R.592), introduced by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Robert Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), recognizes pharmacists as providers of care under the Medicare Part B program for a range of services as defined by State scope of practice laws.

Evidence continues to emerge about health disparities in rural areas of American compared to urban areas.  The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act would provide additional site of care options for patients, by leveraging pharmacists’ comprehensive and unique education and training in the use of medications to treat, manage, and prevent diseases and can provide care for their patients – ranging from administering vaccines to medication therapy management. 

Please encourage your member of Congress to cosponsor this important legislation.  A link to the list of cosponsors for the Senate and House bills are below as well as a link to a draft letter that you can send your Senators and Representative requesting that they cosponsor the bill.

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AmerisourceBergen is a member of the Patient Access to Pharmacists' Care Coalition (PAPCC), which consists of over 30 patient, pharmacy, and pharmacist groups as well as dozens of State partners advocating support for the legislation.

A current list of Senate cosponsors can be found here and House cosponsors here.