"We urge the Federal government to block the state's request that would threaten health care access to millions of Californians on Medi-Cal," said Paul Rohrer, president & chief executive officer of the Professional Pharmacy Alliance of California (PPAC) and PCAN coalition member.
"If the state action is granted, both rural and urban underserved communities across California will be adversely impacted as independent pharmacists are often the only access these Medi-Cal patients have to the medications they need and it will become too costly for many pharmacies to remain open."
According to the California Academy of Family Physicians
, Medi-Cal payment rates are 20 percent lower than the national average Medicaid rates and that the state ranks 47th out of 50 in provider payment rates.
The state's request, if granted by HHS and CMS
, will cut reimbursement payments by 10 percent.
continues, "The cuts to pharmacies will reduce reimbursement rates for the dispensing of medications, in some instances, below their actual cost of service.