Contact your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to cosponsor H.R. 7213 – the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act, a new, bipartisan bill to provide established Medicare Part B recognition and direct reimbursement for pharmacist services related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other illnesses, including:
- testing for COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and strep throat;
- drug initiation for COVID-19, influenza, and strep throat;
- vaccinations for COVID-19 and influenza; and
- additional care that helps address a public health emergency, for example, or otherwise helps close gaps in health equity.
AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy, founding members of the Future of Pharmacy Care Coalition, strongly support this legislation in addition to the Coalition and more than 100 national and state-based associations representing patients, pharmacists, community pharmacies, and rural and undeserved communities.
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Click here to see letters to Congress sent by pharmacy and third-party allies supporting this legislation (e.g. the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., the American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen, the American Diabetes Association, and more).
Read statement from Jenni Zilka, President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, and Rich Tremonte, EVP & President of Customer Operations, Animal Health, and Community & Specialty Pharmacy (CSP) at AmerisourceBergen here.
Read statement from the Future of Pharmacy Care Coalition here.
Not only do 9 in 10 Americans live within 5 miles of a pharmacy, the majority of pharmacists (55%) work in a community-based setting. 45% of pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination sites were reported to be in areas with moderate to severe social vulnerability.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that pharmacists have administered more than 241.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the U.S. through April 13, 2022.
Questions? Contact Beth Mitchell, Senior Director, Government Affairs, AmerisourceBergen.