Kansas Considers Regulating Mental Health Drugs for Medicaid Patients

Kansas health regulators are working to repeal a 2002 law prohibiting the state from regulating mental health drugs used for treating Medicaid patients. Doing so could potentially save the state about $7 million.

During this legislative session, Kansas health regulators have been working to repeal a 2002 law prohibiting the state from regulating mental health drugs used for treating Medicaid patients. The state, however, can regulate other drugs for treating heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer.

Repealing the law would give the state the ability to limit access to drugs that could pose safety risks or be more expensive by requiring prior authorization for prescriptions.

It could potentially save the state about $7 million, a figure hotly contested by mental health advocates.

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Source: Kansas City Star

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