Curbing Patient Steering, Relocalizing Healthcare
PUTT’s annual Political Summit took place this year in Orlando, Florida and featured our most aggressive PBM Reform agenda to date. Everything about this year’s Summit - from its location at an independent hotel and conference center in the heart of one the world’s most competitive markets for multi-billion dollar corporations to our Saturday “free market solution” agenda - was designed to restore the balance of power between small business pharmacies and the predatory multi-billion dollar PBMs who hold our collective fate in their greedy hands.
Highlights from the Summit included a surprise welcome from Harris Rosen, founder and owner of the beautiful Rosen Centre Hotel and Conference Center where the Summit was held. A local business icon, Mr. Rosen’s corporation is featured in Relocalizing Health, a seminal book that makes the case for health care as a “Main Street vs. Wall Street” problem - with Wall Street ever so slightly beginning to lose ground as community businesses begin restructuring their employee benefits healthcare programs to include local small business healthcare providers.
“What if there was ‘Governments United for Truth and Transparency?’,” Mr. Harris noted in his greeting, then went on to expand on the terrible impact COVID-19 had had on the tourism industry and how organizing a local-first approach to Rosen employee healthcare had resulted in lowered healthcare costs and higher employee retention. Continue Reading
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AG Settles Pharmacy Benefit Manager Case for $15.2 Million
October 6, 2021
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is announcing a settlement with Centene Corporation and its subsidiaries Arkansas Total Care, Inc., Centene Management Company, and Envolve Pharmacy Solutions, Inc.
This settlement will end Rutledge’s review of the business practices of Arkansas Total Care and its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), Envolve, which began with allegations that Centene was using these companies to overcharge the State of Arkansas for medications in its Medicaid program.
To settle the claims, Centene must pay $15,228,318.72 to the State of Arkansas.
“I have successfully fought predatory pharmacy benefit managers in the nations highest court, and I continue to hold these providers accountable for gouging Arkansans with unreasonably high costs for their prescriptions,” said Rutledge said.