August legislative recess is here

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Schedule meetings with your local policymakers during the August legislative recess

The August legislative recess is here. This is the perfect time to invite your local state and federal policymakers to your store and explain how they can help your business.

With the flurry of activity this year on Capitol Hill lawmakers looking to hold PBMs’ feet to the fire, AAP and NCPA members have testified before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, as well as the Senate Commerce Committee.

Additionally, the Drug Price Transparency in Medicaid Act, was unanimously advanced out of the Energy and Commerce Committee to the House floor as part of the PATIENT Act. These are all encouraging developments, but we need to keep the pressure on policymakers to finish the job and send a comprehensive PBM reform bill to the president’s desk.

This can best be accomplished by hosting members of Congress and candidates in your pharmacy for one-on-one meetings, giving them a firsthand look at the important role you play in your community and in helping your patients, and highlighting the harm abusive PBM practices have on both your pharmacy and your patients. If you aren’t sure how to contact them, you can look up their information here.

During the August legislative recess, members of Congress are usually home meeting with constituents. This is a very opportune time to host your legislators in your pharmacy.

We need all community and LTC pharmacists to participate in this important month of action and keep the pressure on our elected officials to take strong legislative action.

When you do host your local lawmaker, let AAP know. Send us an email and pictures so we can share with our other Members on social media and in our weekly newsletter.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to promote yours and every independent and community pharmacy.