Medicaid cuts threaten N.C. rural pharmacies

March 13, 2006

There could be no retail pharmacies left in 11 rural North Carolina counties as a result of proposed cuts to Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, according to the state pharmacy board. The board's confidential survey of most of the retail pharmacies in 40 rural counties also showed that an additional 14 counties would feel substantial impact with only one or two pharmacies left to serve a county's entire population.

Medicaid cuts threaten N.C. rural pharmacies

There could be no retail pharmacies left in 11 rural North Carolina counties as a result of proposed cuts to Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, according to the state pharmacy board. The board's confidential survey of most of the retail pharmacies in 40 rural counties also showed that an additional 14 counties would feel substantial impact with only one or two pharmacies left to serve a county's entire population. The areas of the state most at risk of losing pharmacy services have high Medicaid populations.

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