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  • Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Carter Legislation to Ban "Gag Clause" Provisions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
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    The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter's (R-Ga.) legislation today to prohibit "gag clause" provisions. Currently, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are able to include requirements in contracts that prevent pharmacists from providing advice to their patients on the best and cheapest out-of-pocket alternatives to medications covered under insurance. This is commonly known as a "gag clause." As a result, patients may be paying more for their prescriptio... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Measure to Prohibit "Gag Clause" Provisions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to prohibit "gag clause" provisions. Currently, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are able to include requirements in contracts that prevent pharmacists from providing advice to their patients on the best and cheapest out-of-pocket alternatives to medications covered under insurance. This is commonly known as a "gag clause." As a result, patients may be paying more for their prescriptions than is warranted. The Know the Cost ... Read more

  • Carter Praises DOL Action to Increase Access to Care for Small Business Employees
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) today praised the U.S. Department of Labor's announcement to expand Association Health Plans (AHP). Due to increased costs and regulations under Obamacare, many small businesses can no longer afford to offer health insurance to their employees. Expanding AHPs will allow small employers to join together to access similar plans as large employers. This will enable small businesses to provide improved access, increased choices and lower costs for health ca... Read more

  • House Unanimously Approves Carter Opioid Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
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    The United States House of Representatives unanimously approved three bills today introduced by Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) as part of his ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Carter is the only pharmacist currently serving in the U.S. Congress. "We are losing 115 Americans a day from an opioid overdose," said Carter. "We cannot sit idly by as this epidemic takes more parents, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors. It is plaguing our nation and no community is safe. The... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Increase Transparency and Improve 340B Drug Discount Program for Patients
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to increase transparency and improve the 340B drug discount program for patients. The 340B drug discount program was created by Congress to provide front-end discounts on covered outpatient drugs purchased by specified providers, including some hospitals, that serve vulnerable patient populations. For certain hospitals, 340B eligibility is determined partially by their Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) status, a... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Remove Barriers to Abuse Deterrent Opioids
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to remove barriers to abuse deterrent opioids. Abuse deterrent formulations (ADFs) represent a breakthrough technology that helps prevent the crushing, snorting, and injection of painkillers. Currently, many prescription drug plans present access barriers for chronic pain patients to ADFs including cost-sharing tiers, fail-first requirements, and prior authorization requirements. Instead of receiving ADFs, often patients are... Read more

  • Carter Introduces Legislation to Ensure Patients Have Access to Most Affordable Prescription Options
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to ensure pharmacists are able to advise patients when there may be a better, more affordable out-of-pocket alternative to what is covered by their insurance plan. Currently, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) are able to include requirements in contracts that prevent pharmacists from providing advice to their patients on the best and cheapest out-of-pocket alternatives to medications covered under insurance. This is... Read more

  • Carter Praises Health Care Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) today praised President Trump's Executive Order to improve access, increase choices, and lower costs for health care. "Thanks to dysfunction in the Senate, Congress has not been able to deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered system." said Carter. "While I would have preferred these moves come from Congress, I am grateful President Trump acted today to deliver relief to Americans suffering under Obamacare. This E... Read more

  • Carter Statement on Senate Obamacare Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) released the following statement after the United States Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare: "I have been frustrated with Washington since the first afternoon I arrived here. Unfortunately, that frustration has hit a new high with the Senate's failure to act. The House came together to pass legislation that would make health care more accessible and affordable. Instead of accepting the offer from the House to come together... Read more

  • Carter Calls for Obamacare Repeal Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
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    Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01), a member of the Health Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement today calling for a vote on the repeal of Obamacare: "The games have gone on for too long. While I am proud of the legislation we passed in the House to repeal and replace Obamacare, it’s clear it does not have the necessary votes in the Senate. We cannot afford to let Washington gridlock derail our efforts and fail the American people. “Tod... Read more