APhA Expresses Disappointment Over Absence of Temporary Provider Status Language in HEALS Act

Frank Fortin (202) 223-7189

Statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association, following the release of the HEALS Act:

“APhA is disappointed that the HEALS Act, the Senate’s $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislative package announced Monday, does not include language designating pharmacists as providers under Medicare Part B for COVID-19 and influenza testing and immunization. This language would allow Congress to dramatically expand COVID-19 testing and immunization by including the most accessible health care providers in the nation: pharmacists.  

“Now is the time for an all-in push for the inclusion of temporary pharmacist provider status in Medicare Part B. Right now, the House and Senate are seeking to reach agreement on their dueling legislative proposals on a tight deadline; the House released its $3 trillion HEROES Act in May.

“The final coronavirus stimulus legislation during this election year presents our shining opportunity to achieve a targeted version of provider status. Together with our members, APhA wants to unleash the full potential of pharmacists’ contributions for testing and immunization during COVID-19. It’s time to get the attention of Congress. Let’s go!”

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