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Rationing begins: States limiting drugs...

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Rationing Begins: States Limiting Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients

Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.

Seven of those states, according to Kaiser Health News, have enacted or tightened those limits in just the last two years.

Medicaid is a federal program that is carried out in partnership with state governments. It forms an important element of President Barack Obama’s health-care plan because under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–AKA Obamcare–a larger number of people will be covered by Medicaid, as the income cap is raised for the program.

With both the expanded Medicaid program and the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, a larger percentage of the population will be wholly or partially dependent on the government for their health care under Obamacare than are now.

In Alabama, Medicaid patients are now limited to one brand-name drug, and HIV and psychiatric drugs are excluded.

Illinois has limited Medicaid patients to just four prescription drugs as a cost-cutting move, and patients who need more than four must get permission from the state.

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http://bighealthreport.com/4235/rationing-begins-states-limiting-drug-prescriptions-for-medicaid-patients/


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Comments

1.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - August 1, 2012, 6:07 pm
"With both the expanded Medicaid program and the federal subsidy for health-care premiums that will be available to people earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level, a larger percentage of the population will be wholly or partially dependent on the government for their health care under Obamacare than are now."

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Get it? Thids has little to do with healthcare, it's all about government control. And if you're all for it, good luck because you're nuts.


2.
emilygComment by emilyg - August 1, 2012, 7:16 pm
Just the beginning of bad things unless stopped by us.
3.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 1, 2012, 8:05 pm
I don't expect any less from Alabama.
4.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - August 2, 2012, 2:37 pm
I love Alabama. I know some good ol' boys down in Alabam.
Best party in the world in the campground at Talladega. Plenty o' drinkin', fightin' and wet t-shirt contests. Yeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaa!
The Democrats'll ruin it though just like they do everywhere they go.

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