State Advocacy

Several states are currently considering or introducing legislation in the next few months to address their budget shortfalls that could affect your access to quality health care and pharmacy services. Hover over each state to learn more about pharmacies in those locations. Click on the darker states for the latest information about the campaign there.


How prescription-drug middlemen make their money

October 4, 2016

USA Today – The path of prescription drugs from the factory to the patient is complicated. Here, Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News explains how money flows through the system and contributes to the cost of a 30-day supply of a hypothetical brand-name medicine.


Drugmakers Point Finger at Middlemen for Rising Drug Prices

October 4, 2016

Pharmacy-benefit managers and the rebates they command come in for criticism by pharmaceutical executives Wall Street Journal – As U.S. drug prices rise, drugmakers are playing down their role, instead heaping blame on the middlemen who help determine how medicines are priced. Some of the sharpest criticism has come from drug-industry executives who have been grilled […]

Pending Medicaid policy change could impact Mom and Pop pharmacies

August 17, 2016

CANTONMENT, Fla. (WEARTV – ABC3) — Many family pharmacists are outraged and worried over a pending change in Medicaid policy. Molina Healthcare, one of the two Medicaid HMO providers in the area, will no longer cover prescriptions from several independent northwest Florida pharmacies in their new network which kicks in October 1. The bigger pharmacies […]

Letter: Support expanding health care to rural Iowa

April 18, 2016

The Cedar Rapids Gazette – By Brandon Gerleman As a third-year pharmacy student, I see the need for accessibility to quality health care services in Iowa. Many Iowans live in rural and underserved areas too far from quality health care. Roughly 44 percent of Iowans fall into this category. Many residents have to travel longer […]

PCAN asks CMS to delay Average Manufacturer Price rule implementation

March 29, 2016

Here is a link to the submission Dear Mr. Slavitt and Secretary Burwell, As the national board chairman of the Pharmacy Choice & Access Now (PCAN) coalition, I am writing to you to urge CMS to delay the effective date of CMS-2345-FC, the Medicaid Final Rule on Covered Outpatient Drugs. PCAN is a coalition comprised […]

Des Moines Register: Pharmacists can boost health care options in rural areas

March 18, 2016

Des Moines Register – By Andrew Wagner The Iowa Caucuses have come and gone, but Iowans’ engagement in the issues important to our state and our people remain. Just as we are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and ask presidential candidates questions, our elected federal officials constantly travel Iowa to meet with constituents. This lends […]

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Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) is a coalition of consumers, local business and pharmacists across the nation committed to preserving quality and affordable health care and pharmacy services for patients. We are committed to providing the most cost effective solutions in the areas of health care and pharmacy services to enable states around the country to help solve their budget woes while maintaining quality care for children, families and other Medicaid-served populations.

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