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The Senate approved a bill that requires federal-employee health plans to cover prescription contraceptives. The introduction of the arousal drug Viagra — and its subsequent (but often limited) coverage by many health plans — spurred women’s groups to press Congress to pass legislation mandating reimbursement for contraceptives. The Senate passed the measure 91–5, and the House is expected to follow suit…. Medicaid could have saved up to $12 million by not using high-priced generic drugs when calculating reimbursement, according to the latest report from HHS’ Office of Inspector General. HCFA’s recommendation to states: Dispense brand-name drugs when generics are more expensive…. A Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University survey found that most Americans believe that politicians are less interested in making a serious attempt to pass consumer-protection health care laws than they are in making political hay with the issue.


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