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    Small Rural Pharmacy Grants Program

    ​This program is no longer accepting applications. The Pharmacy Program will archive this page on October 31, 2023. This page is for historical information only.


    The Small Rural Pharmacy Grants Program funding opportunity was awarded through the Maryland Department of Health's Office of Pharmacy Services' Maryland Medicaid Pharmacy Program in order to assist small rural pharmacies in receiving reimbursement not currently covered by appropriated professional dispensing fees and reimbursement rates. The purpose of the Small Rural Pharmacy Grants Program is to support the incorporation of lessons learned from 'Maryland's 2019 Report On The Maryland Me​​dical Assistance Program And Managed Care Organizations That Use Pharmacy Benefits Managers – Audit and Professional Dispensing Fees' Report. 

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a Small Pharmacy (have three [3] stores or less under the same ownership*).
      • Pharmacies under the same ownership meeting all other eligibility requirements (including this one) will be required to submit separate applications for each eligible store location and will be eligible for separate awards for each complete application submitted on each eligible store location.
    • Must be located in an area with a rural zip code in Maryland as defined by CMS's most recently published "Zip Codes to Carrier Locality" File​ as of Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.
    • Must currently be enrolled in the Maryland Medicaid Pharmacy Program as a pharmacy provider and currently providing prescriptions to MCO participants.
    • See RFA: Attachment 8 for a list of CMS MD Rural Zip Codes.
    • The pharmacy's total # of paid MCO prescription claims for CY2021 must be 30,000 or fewer.
      • ​See RFA: Attachment 9 for details on the included Maryland HealthChoice MCOs and the PCN, BIN, and Group numbers for eligible prescription claims.
    * Pharmacies under the same ownership meeting all other eligibility requirements (including this one) will be required to submit separate applications per each eligible store location and will be eligible for separate awards per each complete application submitted on each eligible store location.​

    ​Program Documents
    Program Documents - After Award Notification 
    • SAMPLE Invoice for Funding Worksheet:  Awardees received a personalized Grant Agreement and Statement of Obligations, Assurances, and Conditions with their Notification of Award letter, both of which must have been signed and sent back electronically via email along with the completed Invoice for Funding worksheet by 5:00 PM EST on December 30, 2022.
    •  Final Report Form​:  The Program accepted completed Final Report Forms from awardees beginning July 3, 2023 through 5:00 PM EST on July 31, 2023.