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Many People Could Soon Have Fewer Pharmacies To Fill Medicaid Prescriptions in Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Medicaid patients like Jeanette Stoffey say they're disappointed to hear the news.

"You've been with the pharmacy for so long, that it's like what am I going to do now, you're just comfortable with who you have, they have your records," said Stoffey.

Stoffey and her son fill Medicaid prescriptions at their nearby Walgreens. But they may not be able to for very long.

"That means that other stores are going to get overcrowded and who knows what the service is going to be like and the turn-around time," said Stoffey.

A Walgreens' spokeswoman says it was a decision they were forced to make, after the state cut down their reimbursements significantly.

"The state of WA has one of the worst, or the worst payment reimbursements in the country for brand name medications," said Tiffani Washington, Walgreens Spokeswoman.

On Tuesday as part of the lawsuit filed by three pharmacy groups a judge in Olympia blocked the state's plans to cut down on reimbursements. Partly because it was unfair to pharmacies.

Jeanette the cuts would be just one more thing to worry about.

"Especially in these hard times, you're going to have to go around and find other pharmacies," said Washington.

A hearing has been scheduled on April 9th to decide whether to continue to block the state's plan.

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