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Rep. Marchant voices support, urges lawmakers to pass H.R. 4062

June 09, 2016

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, continues to urge lawmakers to pass H.R. 4062, which calls for removing the mandate that Part D prescribing health care providers be enrolled in Medicare in order for pharmacists to be reimbursed.

On June 8, Rep. Marchant submitted a statement to the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee's hearing: Legislation to Improve and Sustain the Medicare Program.

"H.R. 4062 changes this statute to ensure that non-Medicare [providers] won't find themselves subject to duplicative and unnecessary compliance costs and burdens while protecting seniors' access to prescribed medications," wrote Rep. Marchant.

He concluded that, "advancing this bill will signal Congress' commitment to improving patient outcomes, reducing fraud and abuse within the Medicare program and eliminating unnecessary requirements for providers."

In November 2015, Reps. Marchant and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced H.R. 4062, also known as the Protecting Seniors Access to Proper Care Act. The bill now has more than 40 cosponsors, including 17 bipartisan cosponsors from Ways & Means. The original cosponsors include Diane Black, R-Tenn., Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif.