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Sixteen States Choose to Limit Drug Prescriptions for Medicaid Patients

| by Michael Allen

Sixteen states have set a limit on the number of prescription drugs that they will cover for Medicaid patients, according to Kaiser Health News.



Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia have all placed caps on the number of prescription drugs Medicaid patients can get.

Alabama has limited Medicaid patients to one brand-name drug, while HIV and psychiatric drugs are excluded.

Illinois has limited Medicaid patients to just four prescription drugs as a cost-cutting move, and patients who need more than four must get permission from the state.

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Medicaid is a federal program that is carried out in partnership with state governments. Republicans are often quoted as saying that states should work out their own health care coverage, without any federal money, but with limited state funds, there will be rationing among some states.