This budget request will reverse the April 1, 2021 Medicaid pharmacy benefit carve-out from managed into a fee-for-service model.
The Medicaid drug carve out will be a huge cutback for organizations and hospitals who serve those with low income and living with HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS has historically, and still to this day, disproportionately affected the LGBTQI community. Tens of millions in 340B savings will be stripped from the trusted HIV providers. In the midst of a pandemic, it must be seen as thoroughly unreasonable to take away life saving services and surely will be delaying the advancement and progress made through the End the AIDS Epidemic (ETE).