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Medicaid: Texas Rule Lowers Pharmacy Presciption Pay; N.H. Gets Grant

In Texas, new Medicaid rules mean pharmacies get paid less for filling prescriptions for Medicaid patients. In New Hampshire, however, a new Medicaid grant will help people with disabilities stay in their homes.

Houston Chronicle: New Medicaid Rules Hurt Independent Pharmacies
Pharmacist J.D. Fain loves small-town life and his apothecary shop just off the main highway. … How much longer he can stay in business, though, is questionable. A new state law reduces by 80 percent how much pharmacies get reimbursed for filling prescriptions for customers who rely on Medicaid, the government-funded insurance that serves about 3.3 million poor and disabled Texans (Tomlinson, 3/4). 

New Hampshire Public Radio: Medicaid Grant Money To Help Home Based Services
New Hampshire will be the first state in the country to receive new Medicaid grant money to help seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes. The state will receive $26.5 million over three years through the Affordable Care Act. The goal is to help states shift from institutional care to home and community-based services (Quinton, 3/2).

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