Majority of House supports pharmacy access in medically underserved communities

More than 50% of the House of Representatives support <i>The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act</i> (H.R. 592/S. 314), APhA said Friday. "This is a crucial moment in the public debate on how to improve health care access and how to reduce America's health care costs," said APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E.

More than 50% of the House of Representatives support The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 314), APhA said Friday. "This is a crucial moment in the public debate on how to improve health care access and how to reduce America's health care costs," said APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan. The measure would allow older adults in medically underserved communities to access pharmacists' patient care services, as permitted by state scope of practice laws, through Medicare Part B coverage. Today's pharmacists are providing a wide range of services, Menighan noted, including helping to manage chronic diseases, administering immunizations, conducting health and wellness testing, and working with hospitals to help prevent readmissions. "The primary goal of the bill is to expand access for those seniors in medically underserved communities and our Nation's 300,000 pharmacists stand ready to help," Menighan said.

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