A Blog by AMCP CEO Susan A. Cantrell, RPh, CAE
Committee Profile: Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee (LRAC)
N&Vs: How did you become involved in the LRAC committee?
I applied to be a member of the LRAC committee shortly after seeing some concerning bills pop-up in my state. I have always had an interest in legislation, and LRAC gave me an opportunity to actively advocate for my profession.
What are the most pressing issues before the committee?
There are several issues that the committee is watching closely. I would say the most pressing would be proposed legislation that aims to limit the scope of managed care practice. Our members work diligently every day to properly manage patients in a cost-effective manner. In order to continue doing so, our managed care tools need to be preserved.
What does it take to be an effective advocate for AMCP?
Most importantly, stay up-to-date on the issues that concern our profession. There are several tools at our fingertips as AMCP members. AMCP staff does a great job putting resources together for us to use when advocating in a state and federal level. One in particular, are the action alerts. Be sure to click those emails if you see them in your inbox!
Do state and federal legislators typically understand managed care pharmacy concepts?
Not typically, which is why it is so important for us to form those relationships with our state and federal legislators. We strive to be the organization that legislators go to when they need information and clarity on managed care issues.
What does success in this advocacy area look like to you?
Being educated on the issues, knowing your legislators, and reaching out when proposed legislation threatens our ability to provide quality care for our patients.