2014 Pharmacy Legislative Days - February 3rd & 24th!
On January 13th, the Washington State Legislature convened its 63rd Legislative Session. This session will be 60 days and will move quickly. These days are strategically spaced to give us maximum impact during the long legislative session. It is crucial we show up in force and make our voices heard, and educate lawmakers about the issues that impact our patients and us! Pick one of the days and come to Olympia to meet your legislators and educate them on how important your profession is to health care.
In 2014, based on LRAC member survey results, the steering committee is focusing on protecting patient access to medication through PBM reform legislation as well as ensuring pharmacy is appropriately positioned and engaged in Health Care Reform, specifically collaborative team approaches to improve access to pharmacist-provided patient care services and provider recognition by payers.
Our Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) reform efforts will focus on several related issues.
• Anti-mandatory mail order
• Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) transparency
• PBM oversight
This lack of Pharmacy Benefit Manager regulation has been an area of concern for several years and due to its complexity and the powerful opponents, it has been difficult to advance our bills. We need to be vocal in Olympia. We ask that you come support our efforts locally by attending our Pharmacy Legislative Days!
WSPA staff and student leaders at WSU and UW are arranging to have an informative speaker line up throughout each day to educate and inform participants. Also, LRAC Lobbyist, Dedi Little and WSPA CEO, Jeff Rochon will brief participants on the current status of issues and the legislative process. After these briefings you will be prepared to meet and educate your lawmakers. Information packets will be provided as a tool for you to use while you meet with lawmakers. Each year WSPA and LRAC provide key talking points on issues and bills important to pharmacy so you are armed and ready to educate your lawmakers on our issues.
Pharmacy Legislative Day starts at 8:30 am in the ABC Conference Room of the Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus and is an all day event.
For directions, parking, and additional transit information, please click here. For a campus map, please click here.
If you have legislative questions or suggestions about furthering these efforts, please contact:
Dedi Little at 360-480-9671 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org