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Gov. hasn't sent documentation for drug waiver


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Gov. Brian Schweitzer last month asked the federal government for permission for Montana to import lower- priced prescription drugs from Canada for Medicaid patients, but his administration has not submitted any documentation to support the request. The governor wrote a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius on March 11, asking that her agency grant Montana a "Medicaid waiver" with regard to Canadian drugs. A spokeswoman for the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services in Washington, D.C., says that such requests are usually accompanied by extensive documentation explaining how the waiver will provide the same or better service at lower cost.


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