Provider Status Legislation 

KPhA is continuing to address pharmacy issues with our national partners on the federal level to help create a more productive practice environment for pharmacists. Now is the time to build congressional support for provider status legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. 

The two bills that got introduced on January 12, 2017 at the federal level are House Bill 592 and Senate Bill 109. Both of them are titled, "Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act." These bills would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services. These bills greatly influence Kansas because out of 105 Kansas counties, 85 of them are designated as "medically underserved." 

Radio ads have been playing in the D.C. area to promote these bills:
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Currently there are 188 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for House Bill 592 and 42 co-sponsors in the Senate for Senate Bill 109.

As of June 19, 2017, Representative Ron Estes is the only Kansas legislator who has not co-sponsored this bill. Last year we were able to get all Kansas representatives to co-sponsor. 

To help build support for these bills, please follow the links below:

STEP ONE: Visit the Senate Action Link to build support for the Senate Bill (S. 109).
STEP TWO: Visit the House Action Link to build support for the House Bill (H.R. 592).

KPhA has also developed a sample letter that can be customized to help you explain the importance of these bills and how it would help your community. 

Click here to view and download the sample letter.

Invite Your Legislators to Your Practice Site!
APhA has prepared a "how-to guide" for inviting your Members of Congress to your local pharmacy or practice site while they are back home. This guide also includes points on how to best make the case for provider status. 

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