Missouri shouldn’t pay for Medicaid rebates, state officials say

Missouri Medicaid officials responded to a critical federal audit by saying the state will begin collecting required prescription drug rebates soon and should not be penalized for failing to collect the rebates in the past.

Missouri Department of Social Services Director Brian Kinkade told federal officials in a letter dated May 13 that Missouri would begin collecting rebates on Medicaid drug claims made after July 1.

That follows a federal report last month alleging Missouri failed between 2009 and 2011 to collect rebates drug companies owed on prescriptions issued to Medicaid patients by physicians at hospitals and clinics. That helped drug companies profit while keeping millions of dollars from the state’s health care program for the poor, the report alleged.

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