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Pharmacy Benefit Managers: "The most important health care issue you haven't heard of"

On this week’s Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with reporter Marty Schladen from the Ohio Capital Journal about Pharmacy Benefit Manager's (PBM) and the “obscure scheme” that has Ohio taxpayers paying much more than they should for Medicaid drugs. In the episode, Skinner and Schladen discuss how this issue has developed since 2018 and offer thoughts on pending legal action in this year and the next. For many, these issues with pharmaceutical middlemen are signs of trouble - both for Ohioans' health care needs and the fiscal sustainability of Ohio's Medicaid program - unless how the state approaches PBMs can be radically reformed.


You can read more of Marty’s articles here and follow him on Twitter.

Find out more about the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PMB) issue here and here

Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

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Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.