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Kansas Senate approves bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

KSAL StaffFebruary 10, 2016

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill designed to cut Kansas’ costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents.

The chamber’s vote Wednesday was 23-16, sending the measure to the House.

The bill would allow the state’s Medicaid program to use so-called step therapies for prescriptions that require patients to try less expensive drugs before obtaining more expensive ones.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback included the measure in his plan for eliminating a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. His administration believes the state would save nearly $11 million annually.

Supporters say the measure is a cost-saving method already used in private health plans. Critics believe it could deny patients much-needed medications.

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