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Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition To Protect Community Pharmacies and Preserve Patient Access
Date:9/27/2007

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"The reality is that many patients will suffer if Congress doesn't step up to create a reasonable business environment for community pharmacies to operate in," said McMorris Rodgers. "That's why I view the Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition as being more than a legislative group dedicated to advancing common-sense small business measures, but as championing the interests of their patients in communities across the country who are seeing their access to these trusted health care professionals threatened."

"When the PBMs don't pay their reimbursements in full or on time, community pharmacies are stuck holding the bill," said Berry. Many of these small businesses are forced take large loans or even close shop because they cannot afford to wait months for the money they are owed," said Berry. "H.R. 1474 creates a timeframe for community pharmacy reimbursement of Medicare Part D claims. As a former pharmacist, I realize that pharmacies are often the only medical professional available in rural communities, which is why we cannot let them go out of business due to unjust practices that can be easily remedied."

"The Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition has the simple goal of treating community pharmacies with the type of respect they deserve," said Rep. Moran. "That goal will be met by passing bills such as H.R. 3140, which establishes a reimbursement benchmark that actually reflects pharmacy acquisition cost for Medicaid generic prescription drugs. The clock is ticking because in few months the reimbursement system will cause pharmacy doors to close by gutting those payments to an economically unsustainable level."

"The deck is stacked against community pharmacies," said Rep. Weiner. "This Coalition wants to level the playing field for our neighborhood pharmacists with the big chains of the world by providing prompt payment under Medicare Part D, a fair reimbursement rate under Medicaid and better negotiating rights for our
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