Alexandria, Va. - August 29, 2011
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) is urging the federal government to reject of Florida's request to extend and expand its Medicaid managed care pilot program statewide from 5 to 67 counties. Details can be found in a letter NCPA sent to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
This follows the Florida Legislature's enactment of expansion legislation earlier this year. The federal government must sign off on any changes to Medicaid, the shared federal-state program that provides health care to economically disadvantaged and disabled Americans.
"We understand Florida's budget crunch and the need to rein Medicaid costs. But if the past is prologue, then expanding Florida's Medicaid managed care pilot program statewide would be a mistake," said B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, NCPA executive vice president and CEO. "For those who would dismiss our concerns about Medicaid managed care, consider the independent study from Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. It revealed that Florida's five-year old pilot program hasn't produced verifiable costs savings and has caused significant disruptions to beneficiary access and patient-provider relationships."
Hoey added, "We know the status quo is unsustainable. That is why NCPA recommends Florida find real savings and better results through more proven coordinated care and higher generic prescription drug utilization rates, two initiatives that independent community pharmacies excel at. Florida's approximately 1,300 independent community pharmacies stand ready to assist in those efforts."
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