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Pharmacy Day at the Capitol 2019

Advocacy is a critical component of the Texas Pharmacy Association's mission to "enhance and evolve the role of pharmacy in delivering health care solutions and improve patient outcomes." TPA's elected leadership, involved members, and staff work hard to advocate for the profession of pharmacy at the state Capitol and in other settings.

Nearly 600 pharmacy professionals gathered in Austin on February 26, 2019 for the biggest, most memorable, and highly energetic Pharmacy Day at the Capitol. Busloads of student pharmacists from across the state joined other statewide pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to advocate for their profession and to promote a variety of pharmacy-friendly legislation during the 86th Texas Legislative Session.


2019 Legislative Priorities

The Texas Pharmacy Association and its pharmacist leaders worked diligently throughout 2018 with other state pharmacy organizations as part of the Texas Pharmacy Summit to agree on pharmacy’s mutual legislative agenda for the 2019 Texas legislative session. The issues that all agreed to support include both business and professional/practice issues.

As we have heard from many legislators, if you want to get anything done at the Capitol, you have to have a unified message. Summit members coalesced around these issues and honed our message to fight for you, your profession, and your patients during this session.


Business Issues

Protecting Patients and Pharmacies from PBM Business Practices

SB 2261 (Kolkhorst) / HB 2231 (Oliverson)

Oversight of PBMs by Texas Department of Insurance for greater pricing transparency and protections for patients and pharmacists.


Saving Texas Tax Dollars with Medicaid Reform

SB 2262 (Kolkhorst) / HB 3388 (Sheffield) & HB 3401 (Raymond)

Increase transparency, accountability, and uniformity with a single pharmacy benefit administrator to save Texas tax dollars.


Increasing Patients' Access to Care by Ensuring Payment Parity for Pharmacists

SB 2284 (Schwertner) / HB 3441 (Lucio)

Require payment for pharmacist-provided services if services are within pharmacist’s scope of practice and other providers are paid for providing same services.


Mandatory Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

SB 1233 (Kolkhorst) / HB 2174 (Zerwas)

Mandate electronic prescribing of all controlled substances to improve patient care and increase safety and security in the prescribing process.


Pharmacists' Requirement to Check PMP for Refill Prescriptions

SB 420 (Buckingham) / HB 577 (Thompson)

Clarify that pharmacists are not required to check the Prescription Monitoring Program for refills


Professional Issues

Increase Patients' Access to Care by Allowing Pharmacists to "Test and Treat"

SB 835 (Miles) / HB 1827 (Howard)

Increase access to care by pharmacists furnishing medications for positive CLIA-waived test, like for flu and strep, under physician protocol.


Increase Patients' Access to Care by Allowing Pharmacists to Furnish Non-Diagnostic Medications

SB 835 (Miles) / HB 4285 (Zedler)

Increase access to care by pharmacists furnishing select medications for common conditions under physician protocol.


Expand Access to Immunizations for School-Aged Children

SB 1813 (Rodriguez) / HB 3458 (Dutton)

Expand access to immunizations by allowing pharmacists to administer CDC-recommended vaccines without a prescription to anyone 7 years and older.


Improve Patient Care through Collaborative Practice

SB 1056 (Zaffinini) / HB 4297 (Raney)

Clarify that a physician may delegate duties to any qualified and trained pharmacist in any practice setting to improve patient outcomes.


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Advocacy Toolkit

TPA Advocacy ToolkitIt’s never too late to advocate! Not sure where to begin? TPA’s Advocacy Toolkit contains issue briefs describing our priority legislative issues, a fact sheet about TPA and the pharmacy profession in Texas, and advocacy tips for communicating and meeting with legislators. TPA members may access the toolkit online. It’s a must-read for anyone planning to interact with elected officials or their staffs either at the Capitol or in their local district offices.

Bill Tracking

You may also follow pharmacy-related bills TPA is tracking using our online bill tracker (updated weekly).

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