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Volume 40 Number 3 page 50-50

Medicaid programs have long had the authority to exclude specific classes of drugs from coverage, including benzodiazepines. Yet 41 of the 50 states cover benzodiazepine prescriptions through Medicaid or another state drug program. The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 goes one step further, making the exclusion mandatory.

These are the nine categories of medications that may be excluded under Medicaid and must be excluded from coverage under Medicare Part D:

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