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CMS Denies Massachusetts’ Request to Choose Which Drugs Medicaid Covers

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 7:41 PM

This week, CMS denied Massachusetts’ request to pick and choose which drugs it will cover.  It was an attempt for the state to try to rein in increasing drug prices.

If it had been approved, it would have been the first state allowed to create a list of approved drugs.  But the agency said the state would have to forgo all manufacturer rebates under the plan, and the state had wanted to continue receiving them.

“We appreciate Massachusetts’ efforts to tackle skyrocketing drug prices and look forward to working with the commonwealth to meet its goals of effectively managing its Medicaid pharmacy benefit,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a statement Wednesday.

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