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Take advantage of the opportunity to combine your voice with fellow pharmacy owners in a "grass-roots" effort to enlighten NYS legislators about the challenges that we face every day. Join us in Albany for Independent Pharmacists & Owners Lobby Day, when we remind law-makers that small business is truly the "engine of the American economy", and the legislation we seek will ensure that our patients (their constituents) will receive the best care at our local independent pharmacies.

3/4/2014
When: March 4, 2014
Where: The Egg
Empire Plaza
Albany, NY 


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Take advantage of the opportunity to combine your voice with fellow pharmacy owners in a "grass-roots" effort to enlighten New York State legislators about the challenges that we face every day.  Join us in Albany on March 4th for Independent Pharmacists & Owners Lobby Day,  when we remind law-makers that small business is truly the "engine of the American economy", and that the legislation we seek will ensure that our patients (their constituents) will be able to get the best care at our local independent pharmacies. Please join the cause that protects our businesses and our patients.

This year the issue that we will focus on include:    

Protect community pharmacies from another deep Medicaid cut by amending Social Services Law  

Associations representing every pharmacy in New York – chain, independent and institutional – are asking the legislature for protection from a steep and destabilizing reimbursement cut.  

Health Department officials will take administrative action in 2014 unless the law is changed to prevent that action. We ask the Legislature to act during budget negotiations.  

At issue: The lowest pharmacy reimbursement for Rx drugs among all 50 states

  • Based on inaccurate "Average Acquisition Cost” set by the NYS Health Department which is lower than most pharmacies’ actual cost for Rx drugs.
  • Dispensing fees that are far too low to cover overhead.
  • Although the new AAC-COD reimbursement was initially proposed solely for Fee for Service Medicaid, the Department is seeking the inclusion of  Medicaid managed care, a move that will negatively impact recipients access to community pharmacies, both independent and chain.
  • Once adopted, NY AAC becomes a published benchmark and precedent.    

Pass legislation to address the issue of generics being paid below net cost due to PBM delays in updating MAC price lists

At issue:  PBM delays in updating MAC lists causes many generics to be paid below the pharmacy's net cost. NOTE: This bill will help with current issues constantly encountered by PBMs like CVS/Caremark and how they affect NYSHIP

  • Legislation would ensure that MAC lists are updated weekly.
  • Legislation would assure pharmacies would have an administrative process to retroactively  adjust those claims that were paid improperly.    

Pass legislation to strengthen Anti-Mandatory Mail Order Law A5723-A Heastie/S3995-A Maziarz  

  • The law is not working as the legislature had originally intended.
  • Pharmacy Benefit Managers set "Terms and Conditions” that are inappropriate for pharmacies in a community retail environment.
  • patients are being steered to mandatory mail programs in clear disregard for state law that protects their right to choose a local pharmacy.
  • Local network pharmacies are being blocked by PBMs from filling prescriptions for covered drugs. ü  New York consumers have filed many complaints to the Attorney General.
  • Pass this bill to amend the law so that it works for New Yorkers.

To win these battles, pharmacists from every region of New York need to be in Albany on Tuesday, March 4th.  

 

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