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Williamson: Money runs out for Medicaid after 2014

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013

One legislator asked Williamson if he had the answer to Medicaid's funding problems.

He shook his head and said, "I cannot suggest that I can fix Medicaid."

Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville said he thought many Medicaid recipients would be willing to raise the co-pay to save the program Monday.

Williamson said he doesn't have the authority to raise the co-pay.

Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley, a Clayton pharmacist, said he thought the increasing cost of medicine has something to do with the rising cost of Medicaid.

"Most manufacturers have increased the price of drugs since the first of the year," Beasley said.

Beasley suggested that a cigarette tax would help resolve Medicaid's problems but said most officials are reluctant to support a cigarette tax at a time when they are trying to encourage people to stop smoking.