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NCPA’s Advocacy Report provides a weekly detailed summary of recent and breaking legislative, regulatory and state developments impacting independent community pharmacy, and NCPA efforts to effect policies to benefit its membership and the industry. The weekly report is distributed to NCPA leadership, key committees, allied organizations / stakeholders and major contributors to the NCPA LDF and PAC. 

Week Ending January 12th, 2018

Efforts to support key provisions of the CMS’ proposed Part D rule kicked into high gear. Read the full report

Week Ending September 23, 2017
Senate HELP Committee Announces Opioid Hearing:  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced this week that it will be holding a hearing on October 5, 2017 addressing the opioid crisis.  Read the full report.

Week Ending September 9, 2017
New State Resource: Medical Marijuana and the Pharmacist's Role:  If your state is contemplating medical marijuana legislation, you'll want to check out NCPA's new one-pager on medical marijuana legislation and the role of pharmacists.   Read the full report.

Week Ending August 26, 2017
NCPA Reps Discuss Opioid Crisis with HHS Secretary:  
Representatives of NCPA met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to discuss how independent pharmacies can play a role in curbing the growing opioid crisis.  Read the full report.

Week Ending August 5, 2017
President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction Interim Report Released:  The report, attached, includes recommendations for action by the President.  The Commission recommended that the President “declare a national emergency” that would empower Cabinet members “to take bold steps” and “force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further” to deal with the loss of life associated with opioids and drug addiction. Other policy recommendations...Read the full report.  Click on the following documents that are mentioned in the report.  NCPA Federal Legislative Priority Grid July 2017 / 2017 State Wins as of July 31 / Commission Interim Report.

Week Ending July 29, 2017
House Ways & Means Committee Announces Initiative to Reduce Legislative & Regulatory Burdens for Medicare Providers:  This week Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) announced a new initiative that aims “to deliver relief from the regulations and mandates that impede innovation, drive up costs, and ultimately stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries.”  Read the full report.

Week Ending July 22, 2017
House Members Host Pharmacy Hour on the House Floor:
This week independent community pharmacy champions Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) hosted a special order on the House floor to speak about the important role independent pharmacies play in the healthcare delivery system. Read the full report.

Week Ending July 15, 2017
Americans for Tax Reform Support Pharmacist Provider Status Legislation:  Attached is a letter from Americans for Tax Reform weighing in with strong support for HR 592,  pharmacist provider status legislation.  Read the full report.  Referenced letters:  Americans for Tax Reform  / MED Opioid Point of Sale

Week Ending July 1, 2017
MAC Update Amendment Included in House Defense Authorization Bill:  
Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) successfully added an amendment to the defense authorization bill to ensure that MAC lists are regularly updated in the TRICARE retail pharmacy program.  Read the full report.