ICYMI: DeWine Transition Fund Reaps Windfall from PBMs

In case you missed it… In his Sunday column, the Columbus Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland noted that Mike DeWine took $60,000 in contributions for his transition fund from pharmacy benefit managersan industry that DeWine threatened to sue as attorney general and that will have much at stake when the new governor crafts his first two-year budget.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

As attorney general, DeWine was pulling together information for a possible lawsuit against pharmacy benefit managers hired by Ohio’s Medicaid managed care organizations.

So it was eye-opening to see in a campaign finance filing Tuesday that those five health plans and related entities poured $60,000 into DeWine’s gubernatorial transition fund.

Thomas Suddes also highlighted the industry’s contributions to DeWine’s transition fund in his weekly column:

Among the insurance and health-care entities donating the maximum $10,000 each to the DeWine-Husted transition fund were Aetna; Anthem Inc.; and, separately, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; CareSource Ohio; and, separately, CareSource Management Group Co.; Medical Mutual of Ohio; Molina Healthcare; Nationwide Insurance; OhioHealth (Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center and other hospitals); the Ohio Hospital Association; Premier Health (Miami Valley Hospital and other Dayton-area hospitals); Pfizer; and the UnitedHealth Group PAC.

Ohio’s state government is a major factor in health-care spending because of the federal-state Medicaid program. In December 2.84 million Ohioans, about 24.3 percent of the state’s population, were enrolled in Medicaid. (That was almost 172,000 fewer Medicaid clients than in December 2017.)

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