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Arkansas One of Twelve States to Make Medicaid Budget Adjustments

SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 - Posted at 1:22 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas is on track to join eleven other states in controlling its Medicaid budget by approving less expensive prescription drugs.

The new plan is not designed to deny patients drugs they need.  Medicines not on the list could still be prescribed if a doctor gets Medicaid approval.  But the state wants to confine prescriptions to the least expensive drugs that it can without harming patient care.

For instance, if there are several brands of one class of drug that all have the same effectiveness, the state Medicaid program would require that the least expensive drug be the one prescribed for patients, according to the state Department of Human Services.  If one drug is proven to be more effective than others, that drug would be approved for prescription, even if it is more expensive.

The DHS held a hearing on the plan yesterday, and drew opposition only from drug companies.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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