With Alabama moving forward with plans to move Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans, the National Center for Policy Analysis has issued this analysis of Alabama’s Medicaid Drug Program.
NCPA recommends that Alabama “should change its policies of
administering pharmaceutical drug benefits separately from health benefits
(called a “carve out”) and reimbursing pharmacies for each prescription filled
(called “fee for service”).”
We draw attention to this specific recommendation:
“Alabama could benefit from contracting with professional pharmacy benefit managers … The potential savings from well-managed Medicaid drug benefits is substantial.”