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Blunt Bans Viagra and Related Drugs for Missourians on Medicaid

JULY 7, 2005 - Posted at 3:35 p.m. CDT

 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Low-income Missourians won't be able to enhance their sex lives at taxpayer expense.

Governor Blunt today ordered the state to stop covering drugs such as Viagra through the state's Medicaid health care program for the poor.

The governor contends that erectile dysfunction drugs typically are not medically needed, but rather are lifestyle choices.  He calls coverage of the drug a frivolous use of taxpayer money.

In the past year, Blunt says the state spent almost $200,000 on erectile drugs through its Medicaid program.

Blunt's decision comes a little more than a month after he ordered the Medicaid program to stop providing erectile drugs to registered sex offenders.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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