Corporate Compliance

Judge rules that those who can’t pay are still entitled to healthcare

Compliance Monitor, September 21, 2005

A Minnesota judge has ruled that patients who cannot afford to pay a Medicare copay are still entitled to receive their medications and healthcare services.

District Court Judge Teresa Warner ruled that federal law prohibits a law passed in 2003 that allows pharmacists and physicians to refuse services to patients who do not pay Medicare copays, according to the Pioneer Press.

The state had capped pharmacy co-pays at $20 per month, but has since lowered the cap to $12 per month.

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