Wal-Mart to Become Main Provider of Medicaid Drugs


By Alabama News Network

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. representative offered a proposal to a state Medicaid reform panel that would make the chain Alabama's main provider of drugs through Medicaid.


Members of Alabama Medicaid Pharmacy Study Commission heard the proposal Thursday. Panel members were chosen by Gov. Robert Bentley to look for ways to save money on drugs dispensed through Medicaid.


Wal-Mart representative Kevin McCarter proposed that Wal-Mart become the main dispenser of Medicaid drugs, claiming 78 percent of Alabama's Medicaid patients live within 10 miles of a Walmart store.


State Rep. Jim McClendon was on the panel and said officials want to save money, but also want to look at the impact on the community.


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