The California Report: Pharmacies Braced for Cuts to Their Medi-Cal Payments

By April Dembosky Pharmacies across the state are bracing for a blow to their revenues. Starting Friday, Medi-Cal –the state’s health coverage for low-income patients — will start paying 10 percent less for filling certain prescriptions. Though the number of drugs affected is less than originally outlined, pharmacists are still worried. Many of them say there … Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicare Part D: A First Look at Plan Offerings in 2014

Jack Hoadley, Juliette Cubanski, Elizabeth Hargrave and Laura Summer The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released information about the Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) that will be available in 2014.1   Of the 36 million beneficiaries enrolled in Part D plans, about 63 percent (22.7 million) are in PDPs; the others are … Continue reading

LA Times: Health law delivers $2.1 billion in savings on drugs for seniors

By Noam N. Levey February 2, 2012, 9:17 a.m. Reporting from Washington — In the first full year of the new healthcare law, 3.6 million people in the government Medicare program saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, the Obama administration announced Thursday. The savings are one of the first tangible benefits of the sweeping overhaul that the president … Continue reading

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