The Pharmacy and Medically Undeserved Area Enhancement Act (S.109) was reintroduced into the Senate last week with 24 co-sponsors.

The same bill was reintroduced into the House (H.R. 592) on January 20 with over 100 co-sponsors.

These bills seek to amend the Social Security Act to provide coverage for pharmacist services under Medicare. Currently, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants have provider status for reimbursement of services under Medicare.

The passing of these laws hopes to improve public health by offsetting the primary care provider shortage and allowing pharmacists to be recognized for the services they provide.

Services such as immunizations, chronic disease management, wellness and prevention testing, and medication management would be covered.

For more information about these bills:

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NewsJoanna Simmon