WSPA, NCPA, and NACDS File Key Brief in Medicaid Lawsuit

The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) filed a key legal brief this week in the Washington State Medicaid lawsuit.  This brief challenges the reimbursement rate of Medicaid patients, and states that “because Washington’s fees do not reimburse pharmacies for their costs, those fees are dramatically lower than those of any other state in the country.”

The brief also argues that Washington State is not reimbursing pharmacies for their actual costs of dispensing, and in fact is not complying with the 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule for cost-based dispensing fees

According to their press release, the brief states that Washington State’s actions “exceed its authority and are arbitrary and capricious.” The brief notes that Washington’s “rule and decision to pay below-cost dispensing fees are unlawful” and the state should be ordered “to set new rates that follow federal law.”

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Related: WSPA, NACDS, and NCPA File Brief in Medicaid Lawsuit

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