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The Coalition for Community Pharmacy (CCPA) issued a statement expressing opposition to President Bush's proposed 2008 budget. "Proposed cuts to community pharmacy threaten the ability of pharmacies to provide quality care and continued access to patients.? Patient access and choice are also threatened in the Department of Defense TRICARE program. Pharmacists are on the front lines of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program by providing education, access, and counseling to patients on their benefit. Pharmacies are, however, receiving slow reimbursements from Medicare plans for the prescriptions they dispense, and CCPA asks that the Medicare program pay pharmacies promptly. Community pharmacy looks forward to working with Congress to enact a budget that is reasonable and fair and recognizes pharmacists as the frontline providers of critical care for patients."