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Poll: Over One Million Seniors Have Problems with Medicare 'Preferred Pharmacy' Drug Plans
Date:5/20/2013

ies, mail order pharmacies and non-preferred pharmacies in eight cities (Helena, MT; Salt Lake City, UT; Pierre, SD; Cheyenne, WY; Boise, ID; Denver, CO; Salem, OR; and Des Moines, IA). Across the eight cities, the Plan Finder full cost of the preferred network pharmacy was more expensive than the Plan Finder full cost of the non-preferred network pharmacy 75 percent of the time. Furthermore, the Plan Finder full cost when comparing mail pharmacy to a non-preferred network pharmacy, was again higher 94 percent of the time.

"There is an easy solution to address the concerns of more than one million seniors with preferred pharmacy drug plans. Allow any legitimate pharmacy willing to accept plan terms and conditions, including reimbursement, to participate. Medicare officials have already recommended this change. In its final 'call letter' for 2014, the agency said it believes that the best way to encourage price competition and to lower costs is to allow any willing pharmacy to participate in preferred networks. We hope that Part D plans will take that suggestion to heart."

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
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