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President Signs Delay for Tamper Resistant Implementation

President Signs 6 Month Delay for Tamper Resistant Implementation

OPA is pleased to announce that the President signed legislation Saturday to delay the tamper-resistant paper requirement for Medicaid prescriptions for 6 months. As earlier reported, Congress passed HR3668, which required all Medicaid prescriptions to be written on "tamper resistant" paper beginning October 1, 2007. OPA was instrumental in starting the fight to change the law in June, and Ohio legislators led the charge that resulted in last minute legislation to delay the program.

On Saturday, September 29, the President signed H.R. 3668, the "TMA, Abstinence Education, and QI Programs Extension Act of 2007", which is the legislation that included our delay. This bill delays the implementation of the tamper-resistant requirement until April 1, 2008. If it had not been for many hours of hard work by our Ohio legislators, this delay would not have occurred. Thank you for all the support you gave OPA in getting this legislation approved and signed by the President. We will continue to work with CMS and Congress to make this proposal more reasonable.

We ask that you click on the link below and thank Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich for their work on this, and your member of Congress for voting in favor of the delay (the vote was unanimous in both the House and Senate.)

Constituents of Rep. Wilson may also click below to send a thank you to the Congressman for taking the lead on this issue. For those not constituents but still interested in thanking Rep. Wilson, we have provided the address for his district office. Please take the time to send a note of thanks to:

Congressman Charlie Wilson
800 Main St
Bridgeport, Oh 43912

Click HERE to log in and say Thanks!

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