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Drug-insurance trims too deep, Arkansas pharmacies say

Low reimbursements a peril to business, lawmakers told

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Photographs by Mitchell PE Masilun

Arkansas pharmacists and supporters jam into a legislative meeting room Wednesday in Little Rock to voice concerns about reimbursement rates through policies sold on the state insurance exchange.

Cuts in reimbursements for drugs provided to Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers, including Arkansas Works enrollees, are threatening to put drugstores out of business, pharmacists told lawmakers Wednesday.


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TravisBickle says...

The next way the drug insurance companies will save money is by replacing pharmacists with robots.

Posted 1 February 2018, 6:08 p.m. Suggest removal

Jennit1801 says...

That comment doesn’t deserve more than an eye roll in response

Posted 1 February 2018, 6:59 p.m. Suggest removal

Winfield says...

My generic monthly prescription drug more than doubled in price per prescription. I don't know what organization is making profits, but somebody is. A poor person ain't got a chance.

Posted 3 February 2018, 8:41 a.m. Suggest removal

Gtownhog says...

The Pharmacy Benefit Managers like CVS/Caremark are making the money. CVS Pharmacies and Caremark Pharmacy Benefit Management should NEVER have been allowed to merge. PBM's should not be able to own pharmacy Chains and Pharmacy Chains like Walgreen's, CVS, and Wal Mart should not be allowed to own PBM's. Their GOAL is to put independent pharmacies out of business....

Posted 4 February 2018, 1:35 p.m. Suggest removal

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