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Ohio Medicaid Program Works to Reduce Prescription Confusion

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Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran.

Ohio’s Medicaid program has rolled out a new tool that's meant to help cut down on confusion when it comes to prescription drugs.

The state is hoping a new drug list will help improve communication between patients, doctors and pharmacists.

Ohio Medicaid has released what's known as the Unified Preferred Drug List, which names all the preferred medications under Medicaid, using both the brand and generic names.

Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran said it also makes health providers aware of what is preferred by Medicaid even if it's not on the health plan's list, which can alleviate the stress of getting medication.

"So that families get what they need in a timely way and they're not left without their medication," Corcoran said.

Corcoran said they've been working on improving the Medicaid experience for recipients and providers through conducting surveys.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.