Sometimes living in a rural part of Appalachia can leave you at a disadvantage, so on Thursday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, along with U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Tom Cotton (R-AR), introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand prescription drug access for seniors living in medically underserved and rural areas.

The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2015 would require that community pharmacies in medically underserved areas or populations and health professional shortage areas be allowed to participate in Medicare Part D preferred pharmacy networks if they are willing to accept the contract terms and conditions that other preferred providers operate under. This would give seniors more choice, allow community pharmacies to compete, and enhance access to pharmacy services in underserved areas.

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