Pharmacy Groups Applauds Bipartisan Federal Legislation to Combat COVID-19, Improve Patient Equity, and Respond to Future Public Health Threats
To ensure Medicare patients can continue to access essential care and services provided by pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, a lead partner in the Future of Pharmacy Care Coalition, strongly supports the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act (ECAPS). (H.R. 7213), which was introduced by Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), Congressman David B. McKinley (R-WV), Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), and Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA).
This legislation will ensure patients continue to have access to essential pandemic and pandemic-related care services provided by pharmacists, including services to keep communities safe from COVID-19 and future public health crises.
“During the pandemic, it is clear that pharmacists, as accessible health care professionals for COVID-19 testing, treatment, and immunization, stepped up to provide critical care,” said Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, APhA executive vice president and CEO. “This legislation will cement pharmacists’ role in delivering this essential care after the pandemic and in future public health emergencies.”