Proposed rules would allow states to tailor Medicaid benefits for different populations and to implement cost-sharing to encourage beneficiaries to use lower-cost preferred drugs. The proposed rule sets copays at $4 for preferred drugs and $8 for nonpreferred drugs.
The National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and three other groups are fighting a proposal in the Senate's bill reauthorizing FDA user fees that would classify commonly abused painkillers as Schedule II controlled substances. The proposal would require a new prescription each time the drugs are dispensed, storage in a safe and regular assessment of inventory.
Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are urging the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee not to make more cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, despite presidential proposals to the contrary.