Walgreens will stop taking new WA Medicaid patients

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by KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

One of the the state's largest drugstore chains says that beginning next month, it won't accept any new Medicaid patients.

Walgreens has given notice to the State of Washington that its pharmacies across the state will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients, but effective April 16 they will not accept new Washington Medicaid patients.

Walgreens says the new policy will be in effect at all 121 of its pharmacies in the state.

Walgreens is blaming the change on reduction in reimbursement under the state's Medicaid program.

The chain says the state reimburses at below its cost to break-even on nearly 95 percent of brand name drugs.

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