Illinois lawmakers want answers on emergency pharmacy funding

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar, (D-Bunker Hill) and two other Illinois lawmakers are demanding answers from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration concerning funds for critical access pharmacies.

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar, (D-Bunker Hill) and two other Illinois lawmakers are demanding answers from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration concerning funds for critical access pharmacies. The legislature created the critical access pharmacy program with the intention of providing funds for the sustainability of independent pharmacies that have been negatively impacted by reimbursement rates through the states managed care program. The new managed care program started April 1, 2018. Since that time several pharmacies throughout the state have closed. A September 10 letter was sent to Patricia Bullock, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services, seeking an explanation as to why the program has not been implemented.