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Vermont Gov. Howard Dean urged his state’s residents to look to Canada for cheaper prescription medication following the rejection by a federal appeals court of a state plan to lower the cost of prescriptions for some 70,000 state Medicaid recipients. The federal court ruled against Vermont’s plan because it found many state residents who were counted as Medicaid beneficiaries and deemed eligible under the state program did not, in fact, qualify for the full range of Medicaid benefits and thus were ineligible to participate in the state’s proposed prescription plan. Rather than drive across the border, Gov. Dean urged those affected to take advantage of United Health Alliance, a physician mail-order program that offers medications at Canadian prices.
The program requires that a physician fill out a form, which details the patient’s prescription needs. That form is then faxed to a Canadian pharmacy that in turn sends a three-month supply to the patient’s doctor’s office where they can pick up their medications.