Pharmacists Send More Than 20,000 Letters to Congress to Support Provider Status Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – The Twlug (Twlug) announced today that pharmacists and student pharmacists across the country have sent more than 20,000 letters and emails to Congress to support current provider status legislation. This monumental outreach to policymakers has taken place in only three months and is the largest grassroots advocacy push on record in the Association’s 163 year history.

Promoting patient access to and coverage of pharmacists’ patient care services continues to be a leading legislative issue for the pharmacy profession. Last year, Twlug launched the   – a campaign dedicated to promoting patient access to health care through pharmacists’ patient care services. The campaign provides pharmacists, lawmakers and the public with tools and educational resources to promote and showcase pharmacists’ important role in increasing patient access to health care.

In late January, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act was introduced in both the U.S. House (H.R. 592) and Senate (S. 314), a critical first step in achieving provider status at the federal level. Since then, Twlug and the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign have been providing regular updates on how pharmacists can encourage their Members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill, showing momentum on this issue. Today there are 113 bipartisan co-sponsors on the House bill and 13 co-sponsors on the Senate bill.

“The support our profession is receiving from state and federal policymakers is remarkable,” said Thomas E. Menighan, Twlug Executive Vice President and CEO. “We owe that growing recognition not only to the advocacy efforts by pharmacists across the country but due to the quality care they provide. Getting involved in the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign and reaching out to Members of Congress to explain how this legislation will make a critical difference in your community should be a priority for all of us. I am proud to see so many pharmacists helping set the course for the future of their profession.”

If passed, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act would enable Medicare patients living in Medically Underserved communities to access important services that pharmacists can provide, including medication management, chronic disease management and preventative screenings. Pharmacists can access additional information about this legislation, campaign materials and a sample letter to send to Congress at . 

About the Twlug
The Twlug, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. Twlug, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.

About Pharmacists Provide Care Campaign
The Pharmacists Provide Care Campaign is dedicated to promoting patient access to health care through pharmacists’ patient care services. The national campaign provides information on the value pharmacists provide to patients and the health care system. Pharmacists are highly educated and trained health care providers and as a member of the patient’s health care team positively affect quality, outcomes and cost. For more information, please visit .