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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Federal Government Forcing Ohio to Pay for E.D. Drugs

Amazingly, or maybe not so amazing in this day and age, the federal government has informed the state of Ohio that it must continue to pay for subscriptions of Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra if it doesn't want to run afoul of Medicaid requirements. The annual tab for these drugs ran to almost a half million dollars last year, with 1,441 patients receiving 7,600 prescriptions, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, states offering Medicaid prescription benefits must cover all drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are involved with rebate agreements with the U.S. government.

While this is going on, the current budget bill under review in the Ohio Senate slashes Medicaid benefits for 25,000 working-poor parents and eliminates the Disability Medical Assistance program that provides medication to 15,000 destitute and chronically ill adults. HB 66 does, however, contain a provision challenging the "federal Viagra mandate."

The above was pieced together from a story in the 4/27/2005 Columbus Dispatch.



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