"A recent analysis from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstrates that it isn't just pharmacies that are hurt by pharmacy DIR fees. The CMS fact sheet asserts that pharmacy DIR fees not only fail to reduce the cost of drugs for beneficiaries at the point-of-sale, but actually push seniors into the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' where beneficiaries are responsible for all the costs, and to the catastrophic coverage phase where the government and taxpayers assume nearly all of the costs. H.R. 1038 would also address these problems.
"NCPA has been laser-focused for years on abuse by PBMs that threatens the viability of many community pharmacies. We were encouraged that CMS addressed our concerns with the recently released fact sheet. Now, we are heartened by this legislation and the momentum for prohibiting retroactive pharmacy DIR fees. A previous version of the bill generated plenty of bipartisan, bicameral support last year, even though it was introduced only weeks before the 114th Congress adjourned. Now the bill has been reintroduced. Supporting it is the right thing to do."
* Additional members of Congress who are sponsors of H.R. 1038, include (in alphabetical order) Reps. Bruce Babin (R-Texas), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas).
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