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Medicaid Middlemen Cost Millions

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Steve Brown and Ann Fisher discuss the large profits made by middlemen through managing pharmacy benefits for the state's Medicaid program.

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In this week's episode:
Man in the Middle

A report commissioned by Ohio Medicaid showed the spread between what the state paid the PBMs, or pharmacy benefit managers, and what they paid pharmacies added up to $224 million last year. A court battle continues over the release of that report, which the PBMs say contains trade secrets.

Meanwhile, Ohio Medicaid is telling its five managed care plans to sever their contracts with two pharmacy benefits managers and to work up new deals by the beginning of the year.

12th District Race Finally (Probably) Over For Now

This week, Democrat Danny O'Connor's campaign said they only expect an additional 3,000 ballots to count when the state certifies the results next week. Even if O’Connor won 75 percent of the outstanding votes, it wouldn’t be enough to win against Republican Troy Balderson.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor caught the ire of President Trump, who called him a very unpopular governor who hurt Troy Balderson’s win by tamping down Republican enthusiasm. Kasich's response made headlines.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
Ann Fisher joined WOSU in 2009 after nearly 30 years in the newspaper business. A native of Michigan, Ann earned a B.S. in journalism at Michigan State University.