Text: H.R.4577 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 4577 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4577

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access 
of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas 
 as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and 
                          for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 6, 2014

  Mr. Griffith of Virginia (for himself and Mr. Welch) introduced the 
   following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and 
  Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a 
 period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for 
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
                          committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access 
of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas 
 as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and 
                          for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Ensuring Seniors Access to Local 
Pharmacies Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. ALLOWING ANY WILLING PHARMACY SERVING AN UNDERSERVED AREA TO 
              BECOME A NETWORK PHARMACY UNDER MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION 
              DRUG COVERAGE.

    (a) In General.--Section 1860D-4(b)(1)(B) of the Social Security 
Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-104(b)(1)(B)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``Discounts allowed for network 
        pharmacies.--For'' and inserting the following: ``Discounts 
        allowed for network  pharmacies.--
                            ``(i) In general.--For''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new clause:
                            ``(ii) Inclusion of pharmacies located in 
                        underserved areas in networks.--In the case of 
                        a prescription drug plan that has, in its 
                        network of pharmacies, one or more pharmacies 
                        located in a health professional shortage area 
                        (as defined in section 332(a)(1)(A) of the 
                        Public Health Service Act), in a medically 
                        underserved area (according to a designation 
                        under section 330(b)(3)(A) of the Public Health 
                        Service Act), or among a medically underserved 
                        population (as defined in such section 
                        330(b)(3)(A) of such Act), and that provides a 
                        reduction in coinsurance or copayments 
                        described in clause (i) for covered part D 
                        drugs dispensed through such pharmacies, such 
                        plan shall extend to any pharmacy located in 
                        such area or among such population the option 
                        to be an in-network pharmacy with respect to 
                        such plan under terms and conditions (including 
                        the reductions described in clause (i)) 
                        comparable to those the plan has agreed upon 
                        with other in-network pharmacies located in 
                        such area or among such population.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.
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