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Medicaid Prescriptions On Tamper-Resistant Pads

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Unlike older prescription paper, the new one has a blue background. Starting on April 1st., a new federal law is requiring all doctors in the state to use these pads for any Medicaid prescriptions they write.

This change doesn't apply for people who are insured with Medicaid through Healthy Options. It also doesn't apply for prescription refills written before April 1st.

This is all to help prevent copying or writing illegal prescriptions.

"Some of them when you try to copy them on a copy machine will actually change color, or will have words appear like void, or annulled," said Jim Stevenson, Medicaid Spokesman.

Medicaid officials also say doctors and pharmacies have been notified of this change. But if for some reason anyone has a problem trying to get their medication, they say not to worry because emergency medications will be handed out.