Rep. Welch introduces diabetes bill
WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., on July 26 introduced H.R. 2845, a bill that would allow community pharmacies to deliver diabetes supplies to Medicare beneficiaries. As of July 1, when the national mail-order program started, only contract suppliers can ship or deliver supplies to beneficiaries. In May, Welch, who has championed community pharmacy in the past, sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing concerns about the impact of the program on beneficiaries in rural areas. That letter was signed by 42 other representatives.