Pharmacists Concerned About Act
Many of these people go to their local drugstores to fill those prescriptions. Medicaid patients may soon have to look to elsewhere.
Many Medicaid patients in Moberly go to Sam's Drugstore for their health needs. But come next January, it may not be smart for Sam's to continue serving them. The government will reimburse pharmacists who participate in Medicaid 36 percent less than the price they paid for the drugs.
"Nobody could stay in business if they had to buy something for a dollar and sell it for 64 cents. Thats not the way our economy works," said Sam's Drugstore owner Sam Tadrus.
Tadrus says his drugstore won't be able to remain in Medicaid under this new system. He knows his patients will suffer the most. Medicaid patients in rural areas, where there may only be one local drug store, will be hurt the hardest. They could be forced to driving long distances into larger towns or fill their prescriptions through the mail, which could take up to a week.
Some representatives in Congress have teamed up with local pharmacist to try and stop this act before January.
Missouri Congressman Sam Graves is working with Kansas Representative Nancy Boyda on a different reimbursement rate.
"So the Congressman is aware and has heard from a lot of local pharmacist about why this rule will not work for Missouri," said Jason Klindt, Senator Graves' spokesperson.
Opponents to this Medicaid act have until late January to change the planned rate.