Rx for Failure?

MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies

If anything, telling Medicaid patients to get their prescriptions filled at private pharmacies suggests that the agency's patients haven't seen the end of the service cutbacks. All but a few hundred indigent and uninsured patients are ineligible for most MHMRA services and have to wait three months for an appointment to see a doctor. However, Medicaid patients have not had to endure the hardships wrought by the agency's policies. Until now.

"For people who aren't mentally ill, this probably amounts to 'Oh, well, they can just go to the grocery store like the rest of us,' " Hager says. "But for people who are basically hanging on by their fingernails, anything that makes life more difficult can be overwhelming."

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