NACDS attends White House reception as recognition of pharmacy’s value reaches new heights

WASHINGTON — Representatives of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were among those invited to a May 1 reception — attended by President Obama and the First Lady — to thank those who worked to smooth the experience of patients with the transition to exchange-based insurance at the beginning of this year.

On May 1, NACDS representatives attended a reception at the White House to recognize those who helped to educate patients during the transition to exchange-based insurance

As quoted in an article in Politico, a White House official described attendees at last Thursday’s event as “the broad and diverse group of stakeholders who helped to enroll Americans in quality affordable health plans, and get information out about their healthcare options, including consumer groups, techies, pharmacies, hospitals, athletes, celebrities, mayors and other local elected officials and community leaders.”

In the weeks leading up to Jan. 1, NACDS and member companies worked closely with the Administration to “war-room” and to confront potential obstacles for the newly insured and for those adjusting to new coverage. In late 2013, NACDS participated in White House meetings and calls to help coordinate amid the changing landscape. NACDS has emphasized the importance of putting patients first and helping them understand the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

A column written by NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson in September 2013, said, “When it comes right down to it, patients will have questions about health care, and they will expect and hope that their pharmacies will have at least some of the answers. Living up to that trust is just part of what pharmacies are.”

While pharmacy’s commitment to patient care has long served as a hallmark of the industry, the level of recognition of pharmacy’s value is reaching new heights, NACDS stated.


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