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Senate Bill 188 Passes the Senate

Senate Bill 188 Passes the Senate
Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) led his comprehensive PBM reform bill to passage in the Senate today by a vote of 35-1! This monumental step for Senate Bill 188 comes at a critical time, with just a few days remaining in this legislative session.

This bill will be moving quickly through the House. Please contact your State Representative today to ensure their enthusiastic support of this legislation! As always, we encourage you to reach out personally if you have an existing relationship with your legislators. For your convenience, we have also prepared a message that you can personalize and send here.

PBM Reform Posted to Orders of the Day

 

 

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HB 274 Reaches Final Passage in the General Assembly

HB 274 Reaches Final Passage in the General Assembly
House Bill 274 to allow pharmacist immunization authority for patients ages five and up passed in the Senate today. This legislation represents a crucial step forward in addressing patient access and providing equitable, quality healthcare to every Kentuckian. 

First, we thank Representative Danny Bentley (R-Russell) and Senator Stephen Meredith (R-Leitchfield) for shepherding this bill through the legislative process. This win for our profession and our patients would not have been possible without our own Rep. Bentley introducing leading the bill to unanimous passage in the House earlier this session, or without Sen. Meredith's fierce advocacy for rural healthcare access carrying the torch in the Senate in recent weeks.


 

 

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A Commonwealth Evening: Kentucky at APhA

A Commonwealth Evening: Kentucky at APhA
 
KPhA is making our annual trek to the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition this year in Orlando, Florida. As always, we’ll cohost an all-Kentucky reception with our friends at Sullivan College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. If you plan to head south as well, we will see you on Saturday, March 23, at 6 PM at the Hyatt Regency Orlando to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones along the way. Register here.

Ask Leader McConnell to Advance PBM Reform

Ask Leader McConnell to Advance PBM Reform

Among discussions of major funding packages that Congress is considering to prevent a government shutdown, a comprehensive and bipartisan PBM reform package has gained unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee. Kentucky's own Senator Mitch McConnell plays a crucial role in advancing policy as the Minority Leader, and we need you to encourage his support!

Send a personalized message to Leader McConnell urging him to act now to save Kentucky's pharmacies and protect patient choice!

Medical Billing Success Calls – Mark Your Calendars!

 

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Dose of Democracy: Weekly Legislative Update

This week has been an especially exciting one for pharmacy policy in Frankfort! Here’s a review of this week’s happenings to prepare for the fast-paced days ahead. 

Senate Bill 188
Senator Max Wise’s (R-Campbellsville) comprehensive PBM reform bill passed the Banking & Insurance Committee by a unanimous vote yesterday and was sent to the Rules Committee as a consent order. Already having two readings, SB 188 is due for consideration on the Senate floor; however, the bill has not yet been posted to the Orders of the Day. 
Click here to read SB 188
Personalize and send a message to your Senator
Ask your patients to personalize and send messages to their Senators
Direct patients to the above link by clicking the banner on the KPhA homepage or by scanning the QR codes on these printables (1 | 2 | 3 - requires color printing)

House Bill 274
Following its passage by the Health Services Committee this week, Representative Danny Bentley’s (R-Russell) bill granting pharmacists authority to immunize patients ages 5 and older per protocol has also been given two readings in the Senate. HB 274, therefore, is also due to be considered on the Senate floor but is not posted to the Orders of the Day.

 

 

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Senate Bill 188 Passes Senate Banking & Insurance Committee

SB 188, Senator Max Wise’s (R-Campbellsville) comprehensive PBM reform bill, passed the Senate Standing Committee on Banking & Insurance by a unanimous vote of the Senators present and was added to the Consent Orders for the Senate floor! The Committee meeting was live streamed and will soon be available to watch back in the KET archives.

 

 

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SB 188 Special Committee Meeting

Senate Bill 188 on Special-Called Banking & Insurance Committee Agenda

SB 188, Senator Max Wise’s (R-Campbellsville) comprehensive PBM reform bill, has received its first two readings on the Senate floor and is making its way to a Senate Standing Committee on Banking & Insurance meeting at 9:30 AM ET tomorrow. The meeting will be open to the public in the State Capitol Annex and will be live-streamed on KET. If you would like to attend in person, please send Executive Fellow Taylor Williams an RSVP to fellow@kphanet.org.

The ever-growing and bipartisan list of co-sponsors on the bill includes a majority of Committee members and members of the full Senate. The bill's momentum through the process thus far proves what we already know: the climate has never been better for achieving this policy goal for our profession. The time is now to make one final push to get this bill across the finish line in the Senate.

Reach out to your State Senator today to ask them to vote yes on SB 188! We have created template messages for use by you and your patients. Your patients can easily access their message on the KPhA website or by scanning the QR codes included on these printables: (1 | 2 | 3).

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