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State Senator Andy Manar
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BUNKER HILL – More than 70 critical access pharmacies, primarily in rural and underserved downstate communities, will benefit from $1.3 million in payments released on Saturday by Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza under a program championed by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

The payments were released under the Critical Access Pharmacy program for pharmacies that have experienced serious financial difficulty because of lower rates offered under the state’s managed care program and also because of rate cuts by pharmacy benefit managers. To qualify for the CAP Program, pharmacies must be located in medically underserved areas, as determined by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

“The current public health crisis reinforces the importance of the small, independent pharmacies that are vital to the health and economic viability of rural communities,” Manar said. “Neighborhood pharmacies are facing a double bind of predatory practices by corporate competitors and increased costs due to volatile supply chains amid the pandemic. Despite that, they’ve been a trusted source of local medical care for rural families, and these payments will ensure that service continues.”

Manar has negotiated funding for the CAP Program in the state’s budget for the past three years, including the recently passed fiscal year 2021 budget. He also championed a number of measures aimed at providing relief to rural pharmacies and reining in monopoly power and profiteering by the pharmacy benefit manager industry.

Earlier this year, Manar successfully lobbied Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Theresa Eagleson to expedite payments under the CAP program as a way to help rural pharmacies brace for the spread of COVID-19. The program disbursed nearly $1 million in March.

Saturday’s payment was the fourth payment to critical access pharmacies under the program. The comptroller released $4.7 million in payments on July 1 and $1.9 million on Dec. 10 last year.

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