Advocating Together on Capitol Hill–NCPA Congressional Pharmacy Summit

Apr 18, 2018
On April 11-12, Beth Lea, National Director of Managed Care for AmerisourceBergen (ABC); Peter Kounelis, VP of Elevate Provider Network; Greg Reybold, Director of State Government Affairs for ABC; and Beth Mitchell, Director of Government Affairs for ABC, attended the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 2018 Congressional Pharmacy Summit and participated in several meetings with customers and their Congressmen/Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

NCPA hosts this annual meeting in Washington to promote pro-community pharmacy policies and encourage Members of Congress who represent community pharmacies in their congressional districts and states to support and pass priority pharmacy legislation. NCPA reports that community pharmacists from over 35 states attended the summit and visited more than 250 Congressional offices for legislative meetings.  Beth, Peter and Beth joined pharmacy customers for several of their meetings on Capitol Hill.  

AmerisourceBergen and Pharmacists Meet at the Capitol with Congressman Walter Jones

Pictured above, left to right:
 Beth Lea (ABC), Prescott Godwin (The Medicine Center Pharmacy), Mrs. Godwin, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), Cindy Mincy, Bill Mincy (PPSC), Peter Kounelis (ABC), & Beth Mitchell (ABC)

Community pharmacists met with their legislators to advocate for federal proposals including the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act (S. 413/H.R. 1038), the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (S. 1044/H.R. 1939), and the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (H.R. 1316).

Texas Pharmacists meet with Legislative Assistant for Congressman Kevin Brady

Pictured above:
 Front row, left to right:  Peter Kounelis (ABC), Steve Hoffart (Magnolia Pharmacy), Alycia Maloney – Legislative Assistant for Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Michael Wright (Texas Pharmacy Business Council/American Pharmacies); Back row, left to right:  Vance Oglesbee (Hometown Pharmacy) and Chuck Waters (Texas Pharmacy Business Council/American Pharmacies)

Joe Ochoa of Ochoa's Pharmacy meets with Congressman Cuellar

Pictured above, left to right:
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Joe Ochoa (Ochoa’s Pharmacy)

Pharmacists and ABC team members after a meeting with Congressman Bill Flores staff.

Pictured above, left to right:
 Vance Oglesbee (Hometown Pharmacy), Beth Lea (ABC), Steve Hoffart (Magnolia Pharmacy), & Peter Kounelis (ABC) after meeting with staff for Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX).

Thank you and kudos to the hundreds of community pharmacists who attended the summit, for amplifying the powerful voice of the pharmacist in meetings directly with their Members of Congress and congressional staff about issues most important to community pharmacy.
We encourage you to attend NCPA’s Congressional Summit next year or your state pharmacy association’s annual advocacy day to raise the issues most important to you and your patients!

And don't forget to quickly and easily Take Action right on this website–send a letter on DIR Fee Transparency, and Provider Status, to your Legislators.