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Pharmacies' Decision To Stop Filling Medicaid Prescriptions Still on Hold

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KENNEWCK, Wash.-- Many pharmacies planning to stop filling medicaid prescriptions, are still waiting on a decision from the state.

This all started because of big cuts from the state on reimbursements to pharmacies. Many pharmacies then announced they would stop filling medicaid prescriptions as of April 1st.

But one day before that a judge put a hold on that decision. Three pharmacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the state.

A hearing to decide whether or not the ban on rate cuts will continue has been moved to May 18th. Staff at the state's pharmacy association say many pharmacies could run the risk of closing their doors if the state goes forward with the proposed cuts.

"There are a number of counties in our state that have only one or two pharmacies within them, and 50 to 100 miles in between some pharmacies, so it would be a devastating impact on our health care delivery system," said

Walgreens said 44 of its pharmacies in Washington plan to stop filling medicaid prescriptions. The pharmacy association says that could end up costing the state more money in health care and emergency room visits.

Right now there are more than 800,000 people in Washington getting Medicaid in some way.

 

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