Legislative Issues & Talking Points

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and Michigan Pharmacy PAC work diligently to protect pharmacist's interests, practice and patients. As such, a number of issues take priority for the promotion and preservation of pharmacy. The Association's annual legislative priorities are listed below. 

In addition, the following section provides information about specific issues that MPA is focusing attention on, including pharmacist talking points for use in advocacy efforts.

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2017 Legislative Priorities
The following details MPA’s legislative priorities in 2017. Also, click here to access a printable legislative priorities sheet.

Michigan Legislative Agenda

Michigan Legislative Agenda

  • Reimbursement and Sustainability: Educate policy makers on healthcare reimbursement and work to facilitate fair business environments by promoting legislation that addresses issues such as prescription drug pricing and reimbursement, fair audit practices, mandatory-mail order programs and PBM transparency. 
  • Opioid Epidemic: Work with stakeholders to create and pass public health policy, including the utilization and reporting methods implemented to decrease diversion and keep patients safe, while also maintaining access to medications for appropriate use. 
  • Interchangeable Biologic Substitution: Educate policymakers on the importance of allowing substitution of interchangeable biologics without the implementation of administrative barriers. 
  • Promote and Support a Culture of Safety: Ensure that policy keeps patients and pharmacy professionals safe. Additionally, educate policy makers on the potential negative impacts to healthcare that occur when medication errors are not reported due to punitive environment. 
  • Emergency Preparedness: Work with stakeholder groups to ensure that qualified individuals have the ability to participate in protecting communities during unforeseen events. Ensure that pharmacies have the ability to operate, provide care and acquire medications through the proper channels during emergencies. 

Federal Legislative Agenda

Federal Legislative Agenda

  • DIR Fees: Support national efforts to limit the inappropriate use of DIR fees as a method of recouping dollars from pharmacies after a claim as been adjudicated. 
  • Provider Status: Work with national organizations and pharmacy stakeholders to support access of pharmacy services to patients through the recognition of pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B. 
  • Reimbursement: Support national efforts to improve frequency of updates to drug pricing standards, expand upon Medicare's any willing pharmacy provisions and increase transparency requirements for PBMs. 

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Patient Access to Pharmacist Services (Provider Status)

Provider status in medically underserved areas will allow pharmacists to provide sustainable health care services to Medicare patients who are most dramatically affected by the primary care provider shortage.

Click here for printable talking points on pharmacist provider status.

Additional Pharmacy Issues
Is there an issue that you don't see above that you would like MPA to consider addressing? If you are a member, fill out the simple form below and your submission will be reviewed and considered by the Association. You must be logged in as a member to view and submit the form. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wagenknecht, MPA chief executive officer, at (517) 377-0226 or Larry@MichiganPharmacists.org.