Major Week for Pharmacy at the Capitol
The third week of the 2021 Session marked a major week for action on pharmacy priorities. HSB 91, IPA's COVID and Immunization Response Bill, advanced out of subcommittee unanimously on a 3-0 vote. The bill will now move to the full House Human Resources Committee for consideration.
The Board of Pharmacy's bill, HSB 73, moved out subcommittee in the House unanimously this week as well. The bill would update pilot project authority for the Board of Pharmacy and broaden the delegation of technical functions under a pharmacist. Governor Reynolds proposal to allow pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraception under a statewide standing order, HSB 121, which also advanced out of subcommittee. Finally, HF 262, a proposal to extend pharmacist's ability to dispense an emergency prescription, was advanced out of the full House Human Resources Committee. The bill will now await debate on the House floor.
If you have not done so yet, please consider reaching out to your elected officials and encourage them to support these bills and PBM legislation expected to be introduced soon. If you do not know who your legislators are, use the?legislator finder tool. Feel free to use this email template as a guide, and let IPA's Casey Ficek know if you send an email.
Each week throughout the session, we will keep you updated in the #1 section of the TOP 5 e-newsletter. IPA provides a bill tracker, listing all bills IPA is following on behalf of our members. If you are interested in taking on a greater role in pharmacy advocacy this year, consider signing up for IPA's Champion Advocate initiative. In addition, watch your inbox for Advocacy Alerts from IPA asking you to take part in a grassroots effort on particular legislation, telling you who to contact and what you need to say. These grassroots efforts are critical to our advocacy efforts.