IPC California Members: Contact Your Senator Today and Tell Them to Authorize Pharmacists as Medical Providers in Medi-Cal

Aug 16, 2016

Take Action Today as AB 1114 Heads Towards August Rapid-Succession Hearings in the California Senate and Assembly

AB 1114 (Eggman) allows Medi-Cal to reimburse pharmacist-delivered services, such as furnishing hormonal contraceptives, naloxone, nicotine replacement therapy, travel medicines, and tobacco cessation counseling. Utilizing pharmacists to provide these services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries improves access to these vital preventative health care services.

The final regulations implementing the California Pharmacist Association’s (CPhA) 2013 scope of practice legislation (SB 493) were finalized this year allowing California pharmacists to implement direct patient care services. However, despite the legal authority to provide these services, Medi-Cal law does not recognize individual pharmacists as medical providers.

AB 1114 will change the law by authorizing the Department of Health Care Services to establish reimbursement for pharmacist-provided services.

Take Action Now!

CPhA and IPC worked behind the scenes with key leaders in the Senate and Assembly to negotiate this bill for several months. AB 1114 will undergo rapid-succession hearings in the Senate and Assembly before the Legislature adjourns at the end of August.

Call or Email your California State Senator today and tell them that Medi-Cal beneficiaries deserve pharmacist-delivered clinical services!

Check back to IPC’s Legislative Action Center and State Government Relations Updates page for updates on this legislation and further grassroots efforts.

IPC’s Government Relations Team thanks you in advance for your efforts on behalf of independent pharmacists nationwide.

Questions or Concerns? Contact IPC’s Government Relations Team at: GovernmentRelations@ipcrx.com.