MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walmart Inc. and its Sam’s Club division have agreed to pay $825,000 to resolve allegations that they submitted claims to Minnesota’s Medicaid program in violation of rules prohibiting automatic refills of Medicaid prescriptions.
Minnesota is one of at least 20 states that doesn’t allow pharmacies to automatically refill Medicaid prescriptions without an explicit request from the beneficiary for each refill. The policy is meant to protect taxpayers against wasted or unnecessary prescriptions.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Huge Hail Chunks Batter Southeastern Communities; Brush Fire Risk Intensifies Friday
Walmart and Sam’s Club stores allegedly continued to automatically refill Medicaid prescriptions even after pharmacy employees reported violations to managers.READ MORE: Mpls. City Council President Lisa Bender On Costly Police Misconduct Settlements: 'This Is A Whole System Problem'
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Minnesota said in a statement Tuesday that the settlement money will be split between the federal government and state of Minnesota.
In the settlement, Walmart and Sam’s Club denied any wrongdoing or liability.MORE NEWS: What Are The Hidden Dangers Of Swimming In Open Water?
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