By Michael Rule
Recently, a dozen patient rights and consumer-oriented organizations sent a letter to Congress endorsing H.R. 793, the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act. The twelve signatories included The AIDS Institute, Alliance for Retired Americans, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc, Families USA, HealthHIV, Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center), LeadingAge, Medicare Rights Center, National Consumers League, National Grange, National Rural Health Association, and U.S. Pain Foundation. The groups noted in the letter that “the proliferation of ‘preferred pharmacy’ PDPs [prescription drug plans] has been accompanied by a wave of confusion and uncertainty among Part D beneficiaries and their caregivers. Distinctions between “preferred” and “network” pharmacies are not easily understood and may not be properly disclosed or communicated by PDP sponsors.”
The organizations further noted “when Congress enacted Part D it intended that any willing pharmacy should be allowed to participate in a network so long as it met the plan’s reasonable terms and conditions. That is the principle behind H.R. 793.” They concluded urging swift passage of this key legislation.
This letter reflects growing support for Medicare Part D “any willing pharmacy” legislation. Help us maintain the momentum by clicking here to send an email to your Representative to urge their support for H.R. 793. You can also find additional resources such as a sample letter to the editor, bag stuffer and sample social media posts on the NCPA Pharmacy Choice webpage.