Prieto: Shift of thousands to managed-care prescription plan merits scrutiny

CAMDEN – Gov. Chris Christie’s shift of tens of thousands of blind and disabled residents to a managed care prescription drug program has caught the attention of the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), Secaucus said following Tuesday’s budget hearing in Camden that his committee will continue to closely monitor the shift of about 40,000 residents to a managed care prescription drug program. 

“In a move two years ago, the Christie administration attempted to achieve cost savings by shifting tens of thousands of our most vulnerable patients to a managed care prescription drug system that has left many scrambling to find pharmacies in their neighborhood or grappling with denial of coverage for much-needed medicines,” Prieto said in a statement issued following the hearing.

“For the elderly and individuals with limited physical means, this is particularly troublesome,” he said.

“As we move forward with this budget process, I am particularly interested to find out if this program has produced any of the cost savings the administration has projected or has it merely served as a major burden for those who can least afford it?”

The statement comes following an on-the-road budget hearing in Camden to address the state’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Prieto: Shift of thousands to managed-care prescription plan merits scrutiny