LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is calling for legislators to introduce legislation that would allow the federal government to return prescription drug settlement money to the states.
AG Rutledge sent the letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).
“If Arkansas and other states are going to continue to share the burden of funding this important prescription drug benefit, then it is only logical that when fraud occurs the states receive a share of the money,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans expect to be treated honestly and fairly in the marketplace, but right now the states are being forced into a bad deal with the federal government.”
AG Rutledge says the federal government has recovered tens of millions of dollars in pharmaceutical settlements involving Medicare Part D drugs; however, the states have never received any share of the money.
“A specific statute authorizing the federal government to share recoveries with the states is appropriate here as a matter of equity and fundamental fairness,” the attorneys general write in the letter. “We request your assistance in addressing this inequity and recommend federal legislation that would allow the federal government to return a proportionate share of all Part D recoveries to the states.”
Rutledge is joined by 49 other states, Puerto Rico and the Washington D.C. on the letter. To read the letter, click here.
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