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N.Y. R.Ph.S Will Appeal Reduced Medicaid Co-Pay

Magazine article Drug Topics

N.Y. R.Ph.S Will Appeal Reduced Medicaid Co-Pay

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New York's community pharmacistts are looking to appeal a recent reduction of pharmacy reimbursement by the state's Medicaid program.

As of Sept. 1, New York pharmacists had to accept an up-front $2 discount off their former Medicaid prescription reimbursement rate of $4.50, explained Craig Burridge, executive director, Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York (PSSNY).

Community pharmacists can now request--but cannot demand--that Medicaid patients pay that equivalent amount as a co-pay, he added. Currently, the voluntary Medicaid co-pays are $2 for brand-name drugs, 50 cents for generics, and $1 for surgical supplies, he said.

The new deal came about as a result of the expiration, effective the beginning of this year, of the OBRA-mandated moratorium on Medicaid reimbursement rate reductions.

"We are fighting. We are in the appellate division

of the state's court system

right now," Burridge said. Since the new arrangement went into effect, many pharmacies are no longer receiving any co-pays from Medicaid patients in their area, he noted. …

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