The Pharmacy Choice and Access Now coalition has announced its launch in Illinois in order to help "preserv[e] access to quality and affordable healthcare."
Here's more on the formation of the coalition of pharmacists, consumers and local businesses from a press release:
PCAN aims to provide a voice to patients, healthcare providers and
pharmacists throughout the state, while also maintaining quality,
accessible care for pharmacy consumers on Medicaid and beyond.
July 15, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
proposed a reduction to the critical reimbursement that community-based
pharmacies receive for the cost of drugs while serving Medicaid
patients. "Community pharmacies and other Medicaid providers have
already withstood the brunt of cuts made to the Illinois budget. We
understand times are tough, but the way back to fiscal health for
Illinois should not come at the expense of the health of Illinois' most
vulnerable," stated Todd Evers, president-elect of the Illinois
Pharmacists Association. "The proposed Medicaid reductions add insult to
injury for Illinois' citizens currently served by the program and come
at a time when Medicaid is on the verge of a nationwide expansion."
proposed cut to community-based pharmacies poses a threat to Medicaid
patients' ability to access essential pharmacy care and comes as twenty
percent of seniors and people with disabilities are set to lose
state-sponsored prescription drug coverage through Illinois Cares Rx on
September 1, 2011. PCAN is calling upon legislative leaders and the
elected members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) to
reject the proposed rule before its implementation results in further
damage to Illinois' economy and reduces or eliminates access to care for
citizens who have the greatest needs.
like mine employ over 35,000 in Illinois and contribute nearly $400
million in tax revenue to the state of Illinois and now the Department
of Healthcare and Family Services is proposing a cut of nearly $50
million," said Anthony Sartoris, President of Doc's Drugs. "These cuts
may impede the ability for me to provide prescription drugs to Medicaid
patients in our communities who rely on our services."
pharmacies offer the greatest access to affordable and basic health
services to underserved populations. PCAN hopes to work with elected
leaders and JCAR to push for rejection of the proposed reduction of
reimbursements in an effort to preserve consumer choice and access and
protect Illinois jobs and pharmacy.