Wanted: People to testify about value of drug repository program

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

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

 

Comments

Yellow Snow

I hope you fill your mini bus, and thanks for taking this on for our locals.  What are the numbers as to how many currently use this service?  There are too many in-need people now to allow this to shut down.  Might there be other funding options, or local fundraisers to assure this service continues?

This program can not go under, even if it means finding alternative funding.  This is just too big to ignore.

Sue Daugherty

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is working on getting the issuance of an Executive Order authorizing an "emergency rule".  In additon to this the Ohio Board of Pharmacy -- the actual Board -- must aprove to proceed with the filing of an emergency order, to prevent Drug Repository Program from having to accept a $3.60 dispensing fee.

To make sure the Goveronr's Office & the Board of Pharmacy understands the importance of issuing an Executive Order and emergency ruling please call and write them.

GOVORNOR'S OFFICE -  Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

Phone/Fax

General Info: (614) 466-3555
Fax: (614) 466-9354
 

Ohio Board of Pharmacy

77. Sout High Street, room 1702, Columbus, Ohio  43215   Attn:  Mark Keeley, Legislative Liason

Phone  614-466-4143