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ACP*CN worked with U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to introduce HR 1188, legislation to confront the secret practices pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) use to inflate drug costs for consumers and private-sector health care plans.  The bill provides a new approach to help consumers and private health plans get access to the real costs of their medications. 

Read more about the bill, which was previously referred to as HR 1946. . .

  1. Read the ACP*CN Press Release

  2. See local media coverage featuring PA pharmacy owners.

HR 1188 will allow independent pharmacies to negotiate together with PBMs for access to their closed networks and reimbursements that cover drug acquisition costs.  Read the bill by clicking here.

Congress will only pass HR 1188 if they learn from pharmacies at home how PBMs are harming their constituents.  That’s why ACPCN is meeting with members of Congress and organizing pharmacy committees.

We need your help.  Click here to join a ACPCN pharmacy committee in your state.

Media Coverage of HR 1188

Legislation Empowers Pharmacies to Challenge PBMs

Contact These Key Members of Congress . . .

Members of the House Antitrust Subcommittee hold the key to passage of HR 1188.  Contact if your Rep. is on this list.  He will help you prepare a briefing letter you can use to get HR 1188 passed out of the committee.

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Howard Coble (R-NC)

John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

Judy Chu (D-CA)

Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Tom Marino (R-PA)

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Ted Poe (R-TX)

James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI)

Mel Watt (D-NC)

Garden State Pharmacy Association Joins ACP*CN

Follows Lead of Indy Pharmacy Associations in MS, NH, and VT

The Garden State Pharmacy Owners (GSPO) is the most recent state association to join ACP*CN.  The group represents independent pharmacies in New Jersey.

GSPO President Jim Cammarata, RPh., stated in his letter to ACP*CN that the GSPO Board was “highly impressed” with the ACP*CN strategic plan to help the independent pharmacy profession.

GSPO joins the Independent Pharmacy Alliance, which represents independent pharmacies in New Hampshire and Vermont, and the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association (MIPA), which also voted to endorse ACP*CN.

The groups will help ACP*CN form “Pharmacy Leadership Committees” in each congressional district in their states. 

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ACPCN Wants Pharmacists to Be ”Health Care Providers”

Most pharmacists are unaware that Congress and the federal government do not consider them to be “health care providers.”  Why?  Because under the federal laws that govern Medicare and Medicaid, only pharmacists are left out of this important designation.  That means the government and private insurers can opt out of any plan to pay pharmacists for their health care services.

ACPCN is working to change this mistake in the law.  The plan includes bringing all pharmacy organizations together behind a campaign to change the law.  It also includes a new outreach effort to make sure our grassroots pharmacy members are armed with facts and support to confront their members of Congress on this issue.

ACPCN Takes on “Any Willing Provider” Challenge

Independent pharmacies are being locked out of Medicare Part D preferred prescription plans.  In fact, one of the largest plans in the country prevents any independent pharmacy from participation.  This is ironic given that AARP runs the plan for seniors--most of whom prefer independent pharmacies as their first choice for pharmacy care.

The Medicare law was supposed to prevent this kind of anti-competitive behavior.  ACPCN helped file a lawsuit to force the US Dept. of Health & Human Services to prevent these unlawful lockouts.  We are also working in Congress to pass a technical corrections bill to the Medicare Part D law that will clarify congressional intent on this issue.

PBMs and Congressional Allies Kill Proposed CMS Rule To Stop “Preferred Provider” Lockouts

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (D-SD) and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) led efforts in Congress to kill the proposed CMS rule that would have allowed independent pharmacies to compete in Medicare Part-D “preferred networks.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule to prevent PBMs from locking independent pharmacies out of preferred networks.  The proposal followed a CMS letter to Congress last year that said the network restrictions prevent competition and raise taxpayer costs. 

Anti-Pharmacy Caucus in Congress

Sen. Johnson sent a letter to CMS demanding that the proposed rule be pulled back.  Rep. Ellmers introduced HR 4160 to kill the rule.  Neither member of Congress agreed with pharmacies or patients in their home states that PBMs undermine competition, increase prices, and drive consumers into bureaucratic monopolized care.

According to CMS, more than 65% of Medicaid patients are expected to be covered by preferred provider networks in 2014.

No member of Congress who supported the Johnson letter or HR 4160 can claim to be pro-consumer, pro-competition, or pro-small business.  Find out how your members of Congress stand.

28 Members of Congress Show Support for Pharmacy Competition

U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter on March 6 to express support for the proposed CMS rule that would prevent PBMs from locking independent pharmacies out of preferred networks.  26 other members of Congress signed the letter.  Is your member of Congress on the list.  Click here.pdf to find out.

Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act Introduced

U.S. Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) introduced HR 4437, the “Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act,” on Apr. 9. 

More information about the bill is available by clicking here.

HR 4577 Will Restore “Any Willing Provider” Rule to Boost Competition

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) recently introduced HR 4577, the “Ensuring Seniors Access to Their Local Pharmacies Act.”  The bill picks up where the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) left off last year.  The agency proposed a new rule that would prevent PBMs from locking out local pharmacies from Part-D drug plans.

HR 4577 will make sure the proposal is enacted into law.  Under the bill, any pharmacy in a medically underserved community would be allowed to participate in local Part D plans if it met the plan requirements.  This would reverse the trend of PBMs forcing patients into pharmacies and mail programs the PBMs own or control, and would allow independent pharmacies to compete for business.  Patients in rural areas would especially benefit since they would not be forced to travel to cities to get their prescriptions filled.

Learn more here.