Issue Background

Pharmacist as a Provider

H.R. 592 was introduced in the House on 01/28/15

S. 314 was introduced in the Senate

Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

Provider Status Bills Introduced in Both House and Senate

Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to cover pharmacist services.


Provider status legislation, key ASCP-supported bills, were reintroduced January 28-29, 2015 in the House and Senate. The bill’s original sponsor, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and the two original cosponsors, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) were joined by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) to reintroduce the bill in the House. At the end of the 113th Congress, the bill had 123 cosponsors, and we will likely see most of those members signing-on in support of the bill this session as well.


A provider status bill was also introduced into the U.S. Senate, which has identical language to the House bill. S. 314, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Robert Casey (D-PA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).


The legislative language remains unchanged from last session; the only difference is the new bill numbers, H.R. 592 and S. 314. Both bills aim to provide patients in medically underserved communities access to pharmacists' services under Medicare Part B. 


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