Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

Walgreen to Stop Accept New Medicaid Patients

Walgreen is sending a message to Medicaid to new recipients after April 15 they will not fill prescriptions.  Why because Olympia has reduced the medicare reimbursement rate drop causing pharmacies to lose  money.

The current reimbursement rate in Washington State is at 84% after falling from 86% in September.

“Washington state Medicaid is now reimbursing pharmacies less than their cost of participation,” said Jeff Rochon, CEO of the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

Walgreens is not the only pharmacy chain to stop accept new Medicaid patients prescriptions. In February,  Bartell Drugs a local chain also will not accept new Medicaid prescriptions and a third pharmacy Ritzville Pharmacy announced in November the will not take in  no Medicaid prescriptions as well.

The Good news is  Fred Meyer a division of Korger Company and Safeway will continue to accept Medicaid prescriptions.

Doug Porter, Director of Medicaid  says Medicaid recipients should able to find a pharmacy to fill their medications in their area. “We have many more pharmacy providers in our network than we need”

If a person could not find a pharmacy in their area may call Medical Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-562-3022 .

Seattle Times

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Good News For Democrats if Three Way Ballot with GOP and Tea Party. Bad News if the Ballot Between Democrats and Republicans

The latest Rasmussen Report poll finds that a three-way race on a generic ballot with Good News for the Democrats. Democrats have 34%, Republicans 24% and 21% for Tea Party candidates.

So far the Tea Party has not declared as an official political party. If the tea party were they would take away votes GOP.

However, Republicans  gain ground if a two-party race with the Democrats. The GOP takes the lead 41% to 38%.

Rasmussen Reports via Instapundit Blogger Glenn Reynolds (courtesy of PJTV)

Special Thanks Gateway Pundit/ Jim Hoft