August 22, 2015

Starting Oct. 1, under the revised rules, TRICARE beneficiaries who regularly take certain brand-name medication will have to get their prescriptions filled at a military treatment facility or through a mail-in program.

February 25, 2015

Leading up to a Senate hearing examining recommendations from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, NACDS expressed support for the commission’s recognition of preserving pharmacy access and choice for TRICARE patients.

February 2, 2015

A proposal in the Budget of the U.S. government, fiscal year 2016 calls for an increase in retail pharmacy prescription drug co-pays.

December 18, 2014

In a letter to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission on Thursday, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the health-boosting and cost-reducing benefits that the pharmacist-patient relationship can produce for military families and veterans, and for the Department of Defense.

December 8, 2014

As Congress continues consideration of the bipartisan conference agreement to the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson issued a statement.

October 10, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a written statement in lead-up to a forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.

March 27, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging a Senate Committee to help preserve pharmacy access and choice for Tricare patients, citing in a written statement the importance of advancing policies that control healthcare costs and preserve patient access to the nation’s community pharmacies.

February 19, 2014

Tricare for Life beneficiaries soon will receive letters guiding them to Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions as part of a congressionally mandated pilot program, officials of the military healthcare plan reported Tuesday.

January 22, 2014

The Department of Defense has been working on consolidating its health systems under one roof — the Defense Health Agency — according to a Military Times report published Tuesday.

September 5, 2013

Building on its government affairs and public policy department, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has hired Christopher Smith, formerly with the National Community Pharmacists Association, as director of federal public policy.

June 24, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

April 19, 2013

A report released yesterday by the Bipartisan Policy Center, entitled “A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment,” contains a smart, forward-looking and no-cost recommendation that could save the government billions, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said.

March 22, 2013 is an online service founded by a group of physicians that offers online access to physician diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections with no office visit, exam or lab test required.

This is important because it speaks to a much larger trend within health care, and that’s the continued rise of telehealth-type services as patients and providers increasingly battle a crisis of access and affordability of health care.

February 13, 2013

More than seven dozen members of the House of Representatives are urging the U.S. Postal Service to continue delivering medications to all Americans six days a week.

January 18, 2013

This will be a big year for implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, and the National Community Pharmacists Association will track the process closely on behalf of NCPA members and the patients they serve. NCPA recently submitted comments about the ACA’s Multi-State Plans, or MSPs, being designed by the Office of Personnel Management.

January 2, 2013

While the "fiscal cliff" bill heads off the most severe tax implications for most Americans, the 25.8 million Americans with diabetes may find this bill a bitter pill to swallow, suggested the National Community Pharmacists Association in a press release.

November 15, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Thursday applauded the Tricare Retail Pharmacy Vaccination Program’s announcement that 1 million vaccinations have been administered in retail pharmacies for military families and veterans.

October 5, 2012

Just as a new study emerged, putting a number against retail-based health clinics and indicating that the clinics are poised for strong growth in the coming years, southern Pennsylvania health insurer Independence Blue Cross announced that it is has added coverage for urgent care centers and retail health clinics, and developed a new Web tool to help members locate such facilities.

October 3, 2012

CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has become an in-network provider with TriWest, the Western region plan contractor for Tricare — the healthcare insurance program for Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families.

May 7, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association today expressed concerns in a letter sent to Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee leaders over the potential impact of the administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget on Tricare beneficiaries and community pharmacy.

March 28, 2012

The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Wednesday held a hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization.

March 28, 2012

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Monday released the program for its 2012 Legislative Conference meeting, which will bring community pharmacists and some of Washington, D.C.’s most senior decision-makers together to discuss pressing healthcare and pharmacy issues.

March 26, 2012

The fourth annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill wrapped up March 22 on a high note. With pharmacists and pharmacy students from around the country able to secure more than 350 meetings with members of the U.S. House and Senate and their staffs last week, most lawmakers who serve on congressional committees with jurisdiction on healthcare issues got to hear pharmacy’s position on prescription reimbursements, fair payment for pharmacy services and the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit management giants Express Scripts and Medco.

March 22, 2012

NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill showcased the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy as pharmacy advocates from 41 states conducted more than 350 meetings with U.S. senators and representatives this week.