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Drug Program Battle With CVS Ends Amicably

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    CVS Caremark had threatened to end its pharmacy discount in the state because of a law requiring it to extend discounts that it offers customers to the Medicaid program.

    The battle between the state and CVS over discounted drugs is over.

    CVS Caremark had threatened to end its pharmacy discount in the state because of a law requiring it to extend discounts that it offers customers to the Medicaid program.

    Now, CVS officials say the Health Savings Pass pharmacy discount program will continue, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a news release on Monday.

    In June, Rell asked the pharmacy chain whether putting an end to the program was the company’s attempt to avoid complying with a new state law requiring pharmacies to give patients using taxpayer-funded Medicaid the same savings given to the public.

    The law, signed in May, requires Connecticut pharmacies that offer discounts and savings to the general public to provide those same discounts and savings to individuals on Medicaid.

    Rell also asked state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to look into the proposed CVS policy change.

    On Monday, Rell received a letter from Elizabeth S. Wingate, Senior Vice President of CVS Caremark, who said the company had decided “after much consideration” that it will not suspend the Health Savings Pass program.

    “We will work with (the state Department of Social Services) in the near future to resolve any issues related to the application of CVS discount program pricing to state Medicaid reimbursement,” Wingate said in the letter. “(CVS recognizes) the importance of continuing to serve individuals and families who may not otherwise have access to prescription coverage.”

    Rell called the decision a victory for Connecticut.

    “The goal of the new law is nothing less than simple fairness – to ensure that Medicaid customers get the same treatment other customers receive when they shop for prescriptions,” Rell said. “I am grateful that CVS has opted to join the other pharmacies in Connecticut that are participating in this program.”