URGENT: Assistance from ALL TPA Members Needed TODAY!
The Governor’s Administration released its amended budget yesterday, in a hearing attended by TPA staff. This amended budget included funds allocated to cover the 1% provider rate reductions to the TennCare program which were proposed in FY 2015-2016. HOWEVER, funding was NOT restored for the proposed pharmacy AWP-based cuts totaling $17.4 million ($6 million in state funds and $11.4 million in federal matching funds).
It is now up to the Senators and Representatives listed below and YOUR legislators to decide whether or not to restore these cuts and fund pharmacy practice initiatives! If these cuts are not funded, pharmacy will experience a decrease in AWP reimbursements for brand name medications, generic medications, and specialty medications.
CLICK HERE to see how the proposed TennCare cuts would affect pharmacy practice.
TPA is urging EVERY MEMBER to contact the legislators below, as well as YOUR legislators, regarding three very important pieces of pharmacy-related legislation:
- Restoration of Proposed AWP-Based TennCare Cuts to the Pharmacy Program from FY 2015-2016
- HB 587 by Shepard, Todd, Harrison / SB 593 by Haile – Funding for Pharmacy Robbery Enhancement Factor Legislation
- HB 2398 by Littleton, Shepard, Sexton C, Swann, Carr / SB 1882 SB 1882 byMcNally, Crowe, Overbey, Haile, Bowling – Funding for MTM in Medicaid Legislation
|To assist you in contacting your legislators, TPA has prepared an email template that includes all three of these messages in one email that can be directed to your legislators using your zip code. To send this email through T-PLAN, TPA’s automated email service, please CLICK HERE. Be sure to customize your email before sending it along to your Tennessee Representative and Tennessee Senator.|
In addition, please contact the following Senators and Representatives individually.
Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee
|Randy McNally||Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-6806|
|Bo Watson||1st Vice-Chairemail@example.com||(615) 741-3227|
|Doug Overbey||2nd Vice-Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-0981|
|Steven Dickersonemail@example.com||(615) 741-6679|
|Ferrell Hailefirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-1999|
|Thelma Harperemail@example.com||(615) 741-2453|
|Joey Hensleyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-3100|
|Bill Ketronemail@example.com||(615) 741-6853|
|Mark Norrisfirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-1967|
|John Stevensemail@example.com||(615) 741-4576|
|Reginald Tatefirstname.lastname@example.org||(615) 741-2509|
House Finance, Ways and Means Committee
Thank you for your assistance with this very important effort! TPA will continue to keep members informed as developments unfold.