Court Says Medicaid Erred on Pharmacy Rule

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that Medicaid officials should have asked the state legislature for approval before tinkering with a law that would change reimbursements for pharmacists.

The Supreme Court Thursday upheld a chancery judge's ruling that the Medicaid Division had no authority to change how pharmacists were paid to fill prescriptions for program participants.

The pharmacies sued Medicaid in 2008 shortly after the program sought to implement the new method of payments.

The pharmacies said state law gives lawmakers sole authority to change the reimbursement plan, unless there is a federal mandate.

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