February 5, 2019

Around the nation: Ohio takes steps to 'crack down' on PBMs

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    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has been critical of pharmacy benefit managers, saying they've "ripped off" Ohio taxpayers, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Louisiana, Nebraska, and Ohio.

    • Louisiana: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday issued an order that temporarily blocks a Louisiana abortion law from taking effect. The law, which was supposed to take effect on Monday, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals—a requirement that plaintiffs in the case argue could limit the number of doctors who can perform abortions in the state. Alito said he temporarily blocked the law because "the justices need time to review" filings seeking an injunction against the law. He said his order has nothing to do with the law's "merits" (Liptak, New York Times, 2/1).

    • Nebraska: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use a $300,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to improve suicide prevention and mental health services on campus. The university's Big Red Resilience and Well-being program will use the grant to help provide training sessions for the program in the spring (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/3).

    • Ohio: Gov. Mike DeWine (R) last week ordered that the state's Medicaid program to rebid managed care contracts and provide data on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which oversee prescription drugs benefits for the state's Medicaid managed care plans, to state Attorney General Dave Yost (R). Yost is reportedly building a case against PBMs, which DeWine says have "ripped ... off" Ohio taxpayers (Candisky, Columbus Dispatch, 2/1).

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