New Medicaid Rules

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

Zyprexa, Zoloft and Paxil, commonly prescribed for schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, may no longer be available to Floridians who are poor and on Medicaid.

Now a local father is fighting to see that doesn't happen. Nelson Miner's daughter Beth is a 36-year-old with the mind of a 12-year-old. Zyprexa was the only thing that would stabilize Beth after she tried to cut her own throat this past May.

After August 1 Zyprexa and a host of other drugs will be nixed from the Medicaid program in an effort to save the state $292 million.

Beth isn't alone. Hundreds of young children with asthma may not get the drug Pulmicort Respules because it was mistakenly dropped from Medicaid's list.

Miner says the new rules need to be reviewed and he needs your help to get the list changed. He asks that you write the governor or call your state representative before August 1 and asked them to include Zyprexa and other lifesaving medications.

Ironically, Zyprexa, Zoloft and Paxil are still handed out to felons at taxpayers’ expense.

Gov. Bush's e-mail address is jeb.bush@myflorida.com.


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