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Stop the 10% Medi-Cal cuts to Pharmacy

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If Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature does not rescind the 10% cuts in reimbursements to pharmacy and other health care professionals, i.e. medical doctors and dentists, Medi-Cal patients will be denied access to their health care because many health care professionals will no longer accept Medi-Cal. If these cuts go through on September 1, 2013, Idyllwild Pharmacy will be forced to stop serving our patients on Medi-Cal. Why this 10% cut is so threatening is that it comes on top of our total reimbursement. A prescription recently filled for a Medi-Cal patient cost $1304.98, Medi-Cal reimbursed $1340.26, showing a $35.28 profit. Come September, Medi-Cal will take another $134.02 cut from the pharmacy leaving me a gross loss of $98.75. No business can or should sustain these type losses. What is even more insidious is Medi-Cal will go back 2 years and recoup 10% of the total reimbursements, which can cause many bankruptcies. Let us tell Sacramento not to implement these cuts, otherwise Medi-Cal patients in Idyllwild will have to travel at least 25 miles off the mountain for their prescriptions.


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