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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MI Health Link care option

Contact Information: Judy Hazle Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program judy@mmapinc.org 517-999-0681 X26 There is good news for individuals who have both Medicare and full Medicaid insurance. The MI Health Link care option continues to be available for anyone living in Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Macomb, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wayne or any county in the Upper Peninsula. A …

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CMS finalizes controversial Medicaid outpatient drug rule

By Virgil Dickson ¬†|¬†January 21, 2016 By April 1, state Medicaid agencies must start reimbursing pharmacies for prescription drugs based on actual acquisition costs according to a final rule released Thursday. Medicaid programs until now have reimbursed pharmacies for prescription drugs based on the ingredient costs for the drug and a dispensing fee for filling the prescription, according to the …

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports:

Medicare spending, which represented 20 percent of national health spending in 2014, grew 5.5 percent to $618.7 billion, a faster increase than the 3.0 percent growth in 2013. The 2014 rate of growth was driven by increased spending growth for retail prescription drugs and in Medicare Advantage. Per-enrollee spending increased by 2.4 percent. Average growth in per-enrollee spending was 7.0 …