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Groups Such as the Texas Pharmacy Association and 'Pharmacy Choice and Access Now' Are Concerned about Texas' Current Implementation of a Medicaid Managed-Care Model for Pharmacy Services


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(OPEN):
TEXAS PHARMACY-GROUPS ARE VOICING CONCERN ABOUT THE STATE'S CURRENT IMPLEMENTATION OF A MEDICAID MANAGED-CARE MODEL FOR PHARMACY-SERVICES--SAYING THAT IT WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THEIR CUSTOMERS AND BUSINESSES.  RECENTLY, PHARMACY-OWNERS FROM THROUGHOUT TEXAS TRAVELED TO AUSTIN--TO TESTIFY THAT A DRAMATIC REDUCTION IN REIMBURSEMENT-RATES FOR PHARMACY-SERVICES TO MEDICAID-PATIENTS WOULD RESULT IN BOTH PHARMACY-CLOSURES AND LOST JOBS--WHICH WOULD, IN TURN, RESTRICT ACCESS TO VITAL MEDICATIONS.  TAMMY GRAY IS AN INDEPENDENT PHARMACY-OWNER IN BUDA ["BYOO-DUH"; AS IN "BEAUTY"]...

(GRAY):
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THE 'TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT SUCH SEVERE CUTS IN REIMBURSEMENT-RATES WOULD REDUCE ACCESS TO VITAL MEDICATIONS--AND OTHER PHARMACY-SERVICES--FOR MEDICAID-PATIENTS.  THE RECENT TESTIMONY BY TEXAS PHARMACY-OWNERS SHOWS, FIRSTHAND, THE TERRIBLE IMPACT [THAT] THE MOVE WOULD HAVE ON MEDICAID-BENEFICIARIES, PHARMACIES, AND INDEED ALL TEXANS.  OUR LEADERS MUST ACT TO PREVENT THE LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS, AND THE CLOSURE OF NUMEROUS PHARMACIES--WHICH WOULD, IN TURN, RESULT IN THE LOSS OF ACCESS TO LOCAL PHARMACIES, FOR PATIENTS WHO NEED THEM MOST."

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LEGISLATION THAT WAS PASSED BY THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR AUTHORIZED THE MOVE OF PHARMACY-SERVICES INTO MANAGED-CARE, IN 2012.  UNDER THE MANAGED-CARE MODEL, PHARMACY-REIMBURSEMENTS COULD BE CUT BY AS MUCH AS 80-PERCENT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "R-X-PERT"-DOT-ORG; THAT'S "R-X-P-E-R-T"-DOT-ORG.



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