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Pharmacy Choice and Access Now Coalition Urges Passage of Senate Bill 7 During Texas Legislature's Special Session
Date:6/2/2011

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) – a coalition of consumers, local businesses and pharmacists across the nation and Texas, committed to preserving quality and affordable health care – urges prompt passage of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) in the current special session.  SB 7 contains numerous critical amendments that provide many necessary protections for Texans and their community pharmacies.  As final legislative consideration before the Texas Legislature took place at the end of the regular session, the PCAN coalition recommended additional policy measures that it deemed essential, such as open access pharmacy networks within a managed care framework, permitting users of Medicaid pharmacy services to continue to retain the option of being served by their community pharmacy rather than a mail order service, prompt pay for crucial pharmacy services, and full transparency regarding administrative and other fees charged by pharmacy benefit managers.

PCAN commends the Texas Legislature and – above all Representatives Zerwas, Pitts, Hopson, Brown, Sid Miller and Senators Nelson, Van de Putte and Hegar – for following through on their commitment to include provisions in Senate Bill 7 that help to protect Medicaid patient access to effective health care and pharmacy services across Texas. 

Tammy Gray, an independent pharmacist and spokesperson for the Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) coalition in Texas said, "Senate Bill 7, because of these pharmacy and patient protections, is a step in the right direction for pharmacists, patients and small businesses across the great State of Texas given the difficult fiscal conditions legislators have been forced to address this session.  Doing so will help to ensure open access networks, prompt pay for crucial pharmacy services, transparency regarding pharmacy benefit managers, and will allow patients to retain the opti
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