Advocates Concerned About Changes to Medicaid Drug Program

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE - Health care advocates say proposed changes for Florida's Medicaid program could end up threatening the lives of people who depend on prescription medications.

More than 65 groups signed a resolution urging Governor Jeb Bush to prevent changes to the way Medicaid pays for prescription drugs.

The state is compiling a new preferred list of drugs covered by Medicaid. It places limits on mental health drugs.

Medicaid patients will still be able to get drugs not on the list. But first they'll have to try a preferred drug that does not work. It's called a "fail-first" policy and is intended to save the state nearly 300 million dollars.

Health care advocates are also asking the state to gradually phase in changes to Medicaid's prescription drug coverage so patients don't suffer abrupt changes in their medications.

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