Senators Gale Adcock and Wayne Sasser met at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy forum to discuss bipartisan partnerships in healthcare. They emphasized the need for those working in healthcare to actively participate in medical policy creation. They also highlighted the Collaborative Practice bill, which would reduce barriers in the pharmaceutical field, and the SAVE Act which intends to modernize nursing regulations.
Pharmacy Forum Addresses Bipartisan Healthcare Partnerships
Sen. Gale Adcock (D-Wake) and Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Montgomery, Stanly) recently convened at a UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy forum to discuss bipartisan alliances in healthcare. The event enabled pharmacy and nursing students to work together on healthcare challenges, with a focus on medical policy in the North Carolina legislature.
Adcock, with a background in nursing, and Sasser, a pharmacist, urged healthcare professionals to contribute to medical policy creation. Advocacy in their respective sectors was emphasized, breaking down silos and fostering collaboration.
Common Goals in Healthcare
Sasser identified shared goals, highlighting patient care as a common interest among pharmacists, nurses, and lawmakers. He discussed the Collaborative Practice bill, aimed at reducing restrictions on pharmacists’ control in the field.
Furthermore, Sasser endorsed the SAVE Act, a policy aiming to modernize nursing regulations. Mutual respect and shared goals, according to Adcock, allow her and Sasser to maintain a productive relationship despite political differences.
Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina
Sasser and Adcock have jointly aided in the successful expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina, granting over 600,000 working adults aged 18 to 64 access to Medicaid.
Caroline Eason, a third-year pharmacy student, expressed optimism about the representatives’ speeches. She praised Sasser’s commitment to maintaining the stability of pharmacies and lowering patient copays, ultimately leading to more affordable healthcare.