none;text-autospace:none">On Nov. 19, I will be going to Columbus to testify at a Medicaid hearing. You see, in order to balance the Ohio budget, cuts have been made to Medicaid that will negatively impact Medicaid clients and Drug Repository Program clients alike. One of those cuts is reducing the amount of money Medicaid will pay to a pharmacy for dispensing prescription medications. Those Medicaid rules have ties to the Drug Repository Program. (The Drug Repository Program makes prescription medications available to uninsured/underinsured patients who cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. The cost to the patient is $7.40 per prescription.) text-autospace:none">Currently, the Drug Repository Program charges each patient $7.40/prescription to help cover the costs that go into preparing the medication for dispensing. It appears as though State budget cuts are going to cause Drug Repository Programs to reduce its fee per prescription to $3.60/prescription. If this happens, the Drug Repository Program in Sandusky cannot afford to operate, and it will close.
text-autospace:none">If you, or anyone you know has been helped by the Drug Repository Program, come with me on Nov. 19 to give testimony in Columbus at 10 a.m. at Rhodes State Office Tower, Room 3110 B. I have a mini bus and can take eight people with me. I would welcome your civic participation for this very worthy program. For more information, call me at Serving Our Seniors, 419-624-1856 or 800-564-1856. Remember this: “This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” – Gary Lew