Your Membership Matters
The resources WVPA invests in making sure your voice is heard and your interests represented are significant. Advocacy for your profession requires an ongoing commitment and stakeholder investment.
Advocacy is the major responsibility of WVPA. If you ask yourself whether or not what you are doing is at risk for obsolescence…then you need advocacy. If someone attempts to control what professional services you provide and what you are permitted to do with your profession and business practice…then you need advocacy. If you cannot identify 100 consumers of your services willing to go to the wall to ensure that you remain their provider…then you need advocacy. If your perception of quality services and positive outcomes is considered overrated by others…then you need advocacy. If you do not know who your state legislators or U. S. Congressman are…then you need advocacy. If you are just beginning your professional career…then you need advocacy.
WVPA staff and elected officers attend to their advocacy responsibilities with the interest of your profession foremost. The resource fueling WVPA’s advocacy efforts is dependent upon membership.
WVPA needs your membership to help assure continue advocacy for your profession. While our efforts are not always successful, WVPA has made – and will continue to make with your membership – tremendous strides and accomplishments in being pharmacy’s advocate. WVPA secured legislative authority allowing pharmacists to expand their scope of practice by administering certain immunizations. This expansion offers an opportunity to you to provider more health care services to your patients.
As late as the 2012 Legislature, WVPA issued a “call to action” to pharmacists/members to defeat legislation that would have allowed insurance companies and PBMs to dispense 90-day supplies of medication from out-of-state mail order operations. Similar advocacy action was taken to prohibit insurance companies to require mail order of chronic medications.
Earlier this year WVPA influenced the Legislature to “modernize” our Pharmacy Practice Act allowing you to provide health care services with the skills you attained through from your education and training.
This accomplishment did not come easy as we had opponents to our legislative efforts. But wit the help of our members who contacted Senators and Delegates, we were successful.
A major provision in the new Act advancing our profession is medication therapy management (MTM). This is a professional services you can provide Medicare beneficiaries to improve their health and be paid by Part D plans I am very excited about this new opportunity for our profession, as I’m sure you are. The provisions of this new law are contained in House Bill 2577.
We trust you can conclude from the above that your membership matters. Your being a member is imperative to WVPA continuing to advocate for our profession. Please continue your membership…or become a member if you currently are not one… and participate in our advocacy efforts.
Your membership matters!
Ken Reed, RPh
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