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Managed Care Organizations Say Reimbursement Problems Are Resolved, But Pharmacists Disagree

Kentucky’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations say they have fixed a number of issues with reimbursements to pharmacists.

CoventryCares, WellCare and Kentucky Spirit took over management of the state’s Medicaid system last year. Since then, doctors and pharmacists have come forward to say the organizations are poorly managed and the reimbursements for care are too low.

Executives from the organizations told a legislative committee today that the early kinks have been worked out of the system. But there were pharmacists in attendance who disagreed.

“How many of you are paid less than what it costs you for drugs?” asked Senator Vernie McGaha. Most of the pharmacists raised their hands.