By Michael Rule, Manager of Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy
April 29 marked the beginning of NCPA’s Community Pharmacy Advocacy Weeks. From April 29-May 10, it is imperative that independent pharmacists from across the country make their voices heard. Many pharmacists will travel to Washington, DC for the NCPA Legislative Conference May 7-8 and use the opportunity to meet directly with legislators and staff. Unfortunately, that is not feasible for everyone.
Whether or not you are attending the Legislative Conference, there are several ways to make your voice heard in addition to in-person meetings with policymakers. Please take action to urge support for crucial legislative initiatives for independent community pharmacies, including: common-sense audit standards for Medicare Part D plans, an expanded role for pharmacists in the healthcare system, and a fix to major cuts in reimbursement for diabetes testing supplies (DTS).
To assist you, NCPA has developed a menu of activities you can take and has produced resources to assist you. Whether a phone call to your legislators an email or even utilizing social media to make your voice heard and offer your support, these efforts only take a minute or two but can have great, positive impact for patients relying on the care their pharmacists provide.
Please click here to send an email to your U.S. Senators and Representative or click here for their contact information if you wish to place a call. Click here for a menu of other grassroots activities you can take.