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Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Stuck in the Middle: Regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers
State Rep. Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne, is a moving force behind a first-in-the-nation effort to regulate pharmacy benefit managers.

A special legislative session starting Tuesday is expected to result in deep-red Arkansas becoming the first state to license and regulate pharmacy benefit managers.
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Arkansas Medicaid Plan Avoids Shutdown Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol.
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A Reason for Every Regulation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Regulations are a way that our society, through our elected government, levels out playing fields and creates transparency and protects the weak from abuse by the strong.
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