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State Medicaid resumes paying co-insurance to correct mistake

Pharmacies and patients will be reimbursed after Florida Medicaid mistakenly dropped about 15,000 low-income cancer and transplant patients from a drug-subsidy program six weeks ago, state officials said.

Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration notified pharmacies statewide Friday that Medicaid would immediately resume paying the 20 percent "co-insurance" for anticancer and transplant drugs that had been denied since Jan. 1.

Medicare beneficiaries already had coverage for chemotherapy and immunosuppression drugs under a plan covering doctor visits and other outpatient services, with state Medicaid programs picking up the 20 percent co-insurance.

But when Medicare's prescription drug coverage was launched last month, pharmacists who tried to get the co-insurance payments authorized by Medicaid were told patients had to pay it.

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