The 2020 New Mexico Legislative Session kicked off on January 21st. A very important bill has been re-introduced this year: HB 42 “Pharmaceutical Services Reimbursement Parity”. HB 42 would allow Pharmacist Clinicians and other pharmacists with prescriptive authority (e.g. for tobacco cessation, contraception, etc.) to be reimbursed for the clinical services they provide at a rate comparable to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
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1/22/2020 - Governor Lujan Grisham issues house executive message 15 adding HB 42 to the legislative agenda.
1/27/2020 - HB 42 received a “Do Pass” from the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, January 27th on a vote of 5 to 2.
2/3/2020 - HB 42 received a "Do Pass" from the House State Government , Elections & Indian Affairs Committee on a vote of 4 to 1.
2/8/2020 - HB 42 passed with amendments with a vote of 40 to 21 (amended house bill).
2/13/2020 HB 42 passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously.
2/18/202 HB42 passed Senate Finance Committee unanimously
The final step is the Senate Floor. With the legislative session adjourning on Thursday at noon, we have less than 2 days to make this happen. We are so close!!
We need your help making hundreds of phone calls on Wednesday. Please find your Senator and ask her/him to support HB 42 on the Senate Floor. Spread the word to your pharmacist colleagues, other providers you know and work with, your patients, or anyone willing to advocate on behalf of the profession.
It takes less than 5 minutes to make a call. These few minutes could have a huge impact on our profession and expanding patient access to care!
ASHP has created an Action Alert for us. Click on the following link, then log in or register using your email address and zip code. Your senator’s name will populate, along with a grassroots message. You can personalize this message if you want, or you can just click send. It is super easy! https://ashsp.ac360.aristotleactioncenter.com/#/alertId/45ee8b83-a0b4-43ac-9f5c-5ce9a9d0df70/
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