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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 - 19 Happy H.a00&apos;s thr. eatens to stop serving Medicaid clients c ' State plans to pay less "Currently, 36 Holi, percent of Decor & Gifts Galore Sale to help ease shortfall clients receiv- ing Medicaid By Kerry Kester prescriptions ALL Sparkling Holiday Elegance Delaware's decision to lower Christmas Creations Ornament Collections [ 18,800 pea- Trees ..... ':' .................... l:a: .... Dozens of styles. reimbursement rates for Medicaid pie] go to Fkxxes, ailne Sets  prescriptions not only means the eese,tat-top 12md20 Happy Har- tmes,J Overard&en : .o',mc largest drug store chain in the ry's, including budap-ba .W,H lwees, styles. Orism I, aturals state will stop serving Medicaid those who go LBVINE ""''  SeratPieCc' :'' patients but also puts the state to more than among the lowest in the nation for one pharmacy," said Levine. She Medicaid reimbursements. Hap- said about half of the clients - py Harry's, which fills 54 percent 9,400 - use Happy Harry's exclu- of the state's prescriptions, has sively. threatened to stop providing phar- "At any one time, about two- 100<aunt GE 100<aunt 100-count GE tight up the 6-ft. GE I-ft. Pre-Ut maceutical services to Medicaid thirds of Medicaid clients are re- I .Midgeff fight  lin, ls Pro-tins TM or Holidays Spiral Tree Grapevine patients effective Jan. 1, the date ceiving prescriptions," she said, lilts ugn ' luminaries Outdoor Figures the state's new payment rates go noting that translates to about Icaocs. Overadonm Ughts into effect. 66,000 people. She said because  The state's move is one of of an aging population and popu-  In dear or red many aimed at solving the state's lation growth, she expects those  green. $95 million budget deficit prob- numbers to increase. lem. Delaware Department of "They took the easy way out," Health and Social Services Corn- said Levin. He said there are nu- munications Director Allison merous alternatives to help lower Taylor Levine said by lowering the state's costs without forcing reimbursements, the state can ex- drug stores to operate at a loss. tday Holia y ALL ALL Holiday Holiday pect to save $1.5 million by the He said losses per prescription ance Elega, :e Potted "Silk" "Silk" Elance Odights end of fiscal year 2003, which could range anywhere from 10 :Rings filk"Blsh Poinsettias Floral Stems "Silk" Floral Fruit ends June 30, 2003. "More likely cents to $200. Donms of  t:mas of ann tens of or Foliage Coordinates ,, cl,  ana s  bananas or it's going to be more, she said. "It's not retail pharmacies that .,.,,w. m.z.4.:9 crSwaam In a year's time, the savings are driving up these costs," said   uax should be approximately $3 mil- Crystal Wright, National Associa- lion for Delaware. tion of Chain Drug Stores vice "Unfortunately, this change president of media relations. brings us to a "Trying to balance the budget on position where the backs Of retail pharmacies is we will be fill- not the answer here. We're not ing prescrip- the people, to be demonized." Christmas AlL ALL ALL Wreaths, Decorated Premade dons at a loss, She explained Medicaid cost Village Baskets Ribbon Christmas Garlands & Stockings Velvet Bows thus jeopard- savings alternatives include phar- Collection Dceem of .Bo.wtl. ".que Collection 4  . use doon or izing the fi- maceutical expenditure manage- Overadozen st no,day Picks otadoo houses and ....................... : Ribbon nancial stabili- ment, fraud and abuse detection acct. Doams of st ... ty of our com- and enforcement, utilization man- 3  2s yar pany and the agement such as capping supplies livelihood of LEVIN at 30 to 34 days or disease man- our employ- agement programs, generic and ees," said Happy Harry's Presi- over-the-counter substitutions dent and CEO Alan Levin. He and manufacturer rebate pro- said 14 percent of the drug store's grams. clients were Medicaid patients in Medicaid is a combined state 2001. and federal program in which ALL Bent Metal, ALL ALL Professional ALL Home Images TM x[ylic, Cli I,, Prints & Stickers Artist Sets Kids' Books Float or Posters Over 100 Over a Levine said one in seven each pays 50 percent. Reim- WallFrames FotmatFrames dozenJes. Delawareans, about 100,000 peo- bursements are based on a formu- ,,zero o ,.zero of 8"x10" to Dozens of 2"x3" matted and ple, are Medicaid recipients. Continued on page 20 24"x36" to 16"x20' styX. unmaRed unmaRed styles. j. unframed prints. Y0urGring Cards leagNext Fr0my 35MM . Negative *  * ' Of/Urn . Order  Ot gale 50 Greeting Cards * * & Mention This Ad *ve-I '  "'' 4c.c.c.c.c.c.c.c.cJ /. IN. ('302)#44-8.222 J cvOr-rnagttraetdn'a & Recived ,,.c,,. OFF DISCOUNTS ARe O. OPJ(;INJ. TICKS'reD PmcL An Extra , eoom,a,,.o.'':',,,ma, no,'---,'.'",'o--.oo.o'o'ar,'co m.,.r,. e store level Due to the seasonal nature of our irnported products, 10 Greeting Cards limit, only m' the 0.S.A.