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Pharmacists Commend Congress' Concern over Medicare Preferred Pharmacy Drug Plans
Date:3/21/2013

han in non-preferred networks in some plans." In addition, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Congress' advisory board on Medicare issues, at both its January meeting and in its most recent quarterly report to Congress, raised questions about preferred pharmacy plans' impact on program costs, beneficiary costs and beneficiary access.

"Community pharmacists have raised concerns about beneficiary access in preferred pharmacy plans since day one," Hoey added.  "Now those concerns have been heard by Members of Congress and many others."

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.5 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com/.


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