Medicaid Health Plans prescription drug coverage topic of Oct. 9 meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 11, 2017

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The public can attend an Oct. 9 meeting regarding the list of prescription drugs covered under Michigan’s Medicaid Health Plans.

The Michigan Medicaid Health Plan common formulary stakeholder meeting is from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Lansing Community College West Campus Auditorium, 5708 Cornerstone Drive in Delta Township near Lansing.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has developed the list of prescription drugs – known as a common formulary – to streamline drug coverage policies for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries and providers. The prescription drugs are common across all contracted health plans for the department’s current Comprehensive Health Plan contract.

“The common formulary is important to the approximately 1.8 million Michigan residents who are Medicaid managed care beneficiaries,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “It reduces any interruptions in a beneficiary’s drug therapy due to a change in health plans.”

Health plans may be less restrictive, but not more restrictive, than the coverage parameters of the common formulary.

The purpose of the stakeholder meeting is to provide an in-person forum for the public to comment on the common formulary. Drug rebates, the Fee-for-Service formulary, and drugs that are covered under the Fee-for-Service benefit will not be reviewed at this meeting. 

Anyone who plans to attend is asked to notify KrepsD@michigan.gov no later than Sept. 27. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/MCOpharmacy.

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