Pharmacy Plus Waivers: Incrementalism at Work
November 19, 2002
This meeting provided a description of the federal and state initiative to provide Medicaid matching funds for prescription drug coverage for low-income senior citizens. The meeting explored the policy and budgetary implications of using Medicaid funds to provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries in the absence of a Medicare drug benefit. Speakers and participants also considered the implications of the budget neutrality arrangements in the waivers and the potential effect a “global cap” on Medicaid spending for the elderly could have on the program as a whole.
Dennis Smith, Director, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Debbie Chang, Deputy Secretary for Health Financing, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Peggy Bartels Handrich, Administrator, Division of Health Care Financing, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services; George Kitchens, Bureau Chief, Pharmacy Services, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
See also Table: State Pharmacy Plus Demonstrations and Kaiser Family Foundation, "The Financing of Illinois' Prescription Drug Demonstration Project" (April 2002)