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Moran wants to give pharmacists negotiating power with drug plans

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Jerry Moran (R)![][1][(EarthTimes.org) NCPA: Community Pharmacy Fairness Act Introduced in House:][2] In an effort to allow independent pharmacies to better negotiate on behalf of their patients, Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation Friday that would help level the playing field between the nation's community pharmacists and the multi-billion dollar corporations that administer the prescription drug plans in this country. H.R.971, the Community Pharmacy Fairness Act of 2007, would create a narrow exemption to current antitrust law that would allow community pharmacists to negotiate contracts with Medicare Part D plans and giant pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the companies that operate as drug middlemen to administer the prescription drug benefit portion of health insurance plans.[(WIBW) Congressman Visits Veterans:][3] Congressman Jerry Moran says visiting with those who've defended this country reminds him of his true priorities. Moran spoke with veterans Monday at Topeka's Colmery O'Neil VA Medical Center. The visit coincides with National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][4][(AP) Farm Plan a Mixed Bag for Kansas:][5] When Congress passed the last farm bill five years ago, Sen. Pat Roberts was firmly in the "no" column. The latest version of farm legislation offered by the Bush administration last month hasn't put to rest Roberts' concerns, or those of other Kansas officials worried about its impact on the state's farmers and ranchers. "We want to do a lot more homework and run the numbers to determine what we really think the practical effect will be and then we'll go from there," said Roberts, a Republican. Lawmakers and farm groups have questions about Bush's plan to reduce agriculture spending overall, cut subsidies for producers earning more than $200,000 in adjusted gross income and make it more expensive for farmers to buy crop insurance.Rep. Dennis Moore (D)![][6][(University Daily Kansan) Bush proposes Pell grant increase:][7] Students from low-income families could more easily afford escalating tuition prices under President Bush's budget proposal for 2008, unveiled at the beginning of February. ... Rebecca Black, communications director for Dennis Moore, said the House Budget Committee would consider the proposal in the next few weeks. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [2]: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,59431.shtml [3]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/5769421.html [4]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [5]: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/02/12/ap3419981.html [6]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [7]: http://www.kansan.com/stories/2007/feb/13/pell/?news

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