NACDS hopes to get AMP fix in Medicare reform bill

June 20, 2008

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is encouraging Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa to include a fix for the Medicaid average manufacturer price rule.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is hoping to encourage Sen. Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) to include a fix for the Medicaid average manufacturers price rule in legislation he is drafting. The group praised a group of 18 senators who issued a joint letter to Grassley encouraging him to add the provision. The AMP fix was included in a bill proposed by Sen. Max Baucus (D, Mont.), but that bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate. The Grassley and Baucus bills also aimed to fix a reimbursement cut for physicians that will take effect July 1. “We applaud these 18 senators for their strong support of pro-pharmacy legislation,” said Steven Anderson, NACDS president and CEO. “It is crucial that these provisions be enacted, and we thank Chairman Baucus, Senator Grassley, and Senator Wicker for their leadership on behalf of patients and pharmacies.”

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