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Democratic Municipal Officials Digest
Week of 7/18

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Messaging – White House Talking Points: HHS Issues Guidance to Pharmacies on Access to Reproductive Health Care

  • Today, following the President’s Executive Order on ensuring access to reproductive health care, HHS took additional action to ensure women can access the reproductive health care they need.
  • HHS issued guidance to 60,000 U.S. retail pharmacies making clear that as recipients of federal financial assistance – including Medicare and Medicaid payments –  pharmacies and their employees must not discriminate in fulfilling prescriptions they receive for patients – including birth control and other prescription medications for reproductive health.
  • The guidance reminds pharmacies of their obligations not to discriminate when supplying medications, making determinations regarding the suitability of a prescribed medication for a patient, and advising patients about medications and how to take them.
  • Today’s announcement follows a series of actions HHS has taken in response to the President’s Executive Order, including issuing guidance clarifying that no matter where a woman lives, she has the right to emergency medical care, including life-saving abortion services.
  • President Biden has made clear that the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose is for Congress to restore protections of Roe as federal law. Until then, President Biden is doing everything in his power to defend reproductive rights and protect access to safe and legal abortion.

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The American Farmland Trust model predicting water stress throughout America in 2040.