As I mentioned yesterday Rep. Charlie Wilson and Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich have been working to delay a requirement that prescriptions be written on tamper resistant paper to be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. The delay is necessary to allow time to meet the new demand for these new prescription pads.
Earlier today the Senate passed the Brown-Voinovich Bill and I just received word that Wilson measure made it through the House.
Below are Wilson's remarks from the House floor on his bill.
"Madam Speaker, I rise in support of this bill. It contains language I introduced to help us avoid a case of unintended consequences.
"This spring, a provision was slipped into the Iraq War Supplemental Appropriations bill. It requires that all Medicaid prescriptions be written on “tamper resistant” paper in order to be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement starting October First.
"The tamper proof pad mandate was designed to fight fraud and that’s good. BUT the October first date isn’t enough time for states to inform providers and patients about the new requirement.
"This could mean patients are turned away from pharmacies as of next week if their prescription isn’t on the right paper.
"And that paper isn’t widely available.
"Pharmacies that fill prescriptions not written on the special paper may be forced out of business if they’re not getting reimbursed by Medicaid.
"All we need is a 6 month delay. The clock is ticking on this! And I’m asking for your help."