It should not have taken a catastrophic hurricane to get Congress to stop buying Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for Medicaid and Medicare patients. But this week’s action, as part of post-Katrina legislation to help the poor and unemployed in hard-hit states, will serve the budget deficit by saving $690 million over five years. States can still subsidize these drugs on their own in cases deemed medically necessary, but as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for certain lifestyle prescription drugs through Medicare and Medicaid.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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