Federal agencies enforcing new health-reform mandates must act to preserve patients’ access to the pharmacy of their choice and lower-cost generic medicines, the independent pharmacy lobby urged the government Tuesday.In a written appeal to three federal agencies, the National Community Pharmacists Association asserted that health plans seeking Grandfathered Health Plan status under the landmark health-reform law enacted earlier this year must maintain patient freedom of choice and ease of access to generics in a reformed healthcare network. Otherwise, urged NCPA acting EVP and CEO Doug Hoey, those plans should lose their special status.
The NCPA sent a letter Tuesday to three agencies that currently are developing criteria for maintaining GHP status following implementation of the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The appeal went to the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefit Security Administration and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
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