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8 Wednesday, February 25, 2009, The Journal The state [ udget shouldn't be balanced by taking away needed medication beohre?2eStPrrg?22gGiS2e;C;rrAntlE menH:liinll;eSSrved on the Governor's x3cemillo;7dObll]si? a budget that bly is how to close the nearly $3 billion state budget shortfall. As a former Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, I know full well the tough decisions that have to be made to close a budget shortfall. However, it concerns me when I hear that Medicaid medica- tion carve-outs for patients taking anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medications are once again being considered for elimination. The state Medicaid agency only allows doctors to prescribe a medi- cine to treat an illness from the "ap- proved" Medicaid drug list. Carve- outs from the Medicaid approved drug list allow doctors to prescribe the best medicine possible for certain types of diseases such as cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease and mental illness, regardless of whether or not it is on the approved Medicaid drug list. This is done because these diseases are so serious and complex that they require treatment with specialized drugs. That is one reason why the Gen- eral Assembly rejected the idea of eliminating carve-outs last year. The carve-outs allow the doctors of Medicaid patients to prescribe the best medicine to treat the illness. In the case of anti-depressants and anti-psychotics it can be the differ- ence between being a functional person in society and someone who simply cannot function due to their State Mental Health, Mental Retar- dation and Substance Abuse Board for eight years and having operated a school for students with special needs, I know how important it is for people suffering from depression, schizophrenia and other mental ill- nesses to stay on their medications. I also know it is difficuk to find medications that work and when you do, you do not want to unneces- sarily switch to another medication. One medication does not work for everyone with schizophrenia or other mental illnesses just as one cancer medication doesn't treat everyone with cancer. What disturbs me even more is the fact the drug switching is being done to individuals who have no other recourse. Unlike many of us who are fortunate enough to have health insurance and thus doctors who can prescribe the best possible drug to meet our health needs, people on Medicaid have no other recourse but to take the drugs on the approved medication list. The ramifications of removing anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs from the carve-out list and forcing these indivlduals to take an, other cheaper drug on the approved Medicaid drug list are too great. The lives of these individuals and their ability to be productive parts of our society and state are being risked for the sake of saving a little more than Bay Banl00s of Virginia, New Location! declares common stock dividend Kilmarnock, VA, February 23, 2009, Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc. (OTC BB: BAYK), holding company for Bank of Lancaster and BayTrust Com- pany, announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share on February 20, 2009. 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KING GEORGE, VA I In fact, these cost savings would not even be realized as other costs would be generated from complica- tions of Medicaid patients being switched to other medications. We would see an increase in visits to healthcare facilities as well as increases in costs to our criminal justice system. The sad truth is, individuals fighting schizophrenia and other mental illnesses who are not on proper medication or who do not take their medication often come in contact with our criminal justice system. I urge the Governor and the Gen- eral Assembly to leave the Medicaid carve-outs alone as they look to bal- ance the budget. Carve-outs were created for a reason - to provide the best medication to fight certain diseases. Elaine N. McConnell served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 24 years. She is the founder and owner of Ac- cotink Academy, a preschool and kindergarten as well as a school for students with learning disabilities. In addition, Mrs. McConnell was appointed to and served on te State's Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board for eight years. Sign up for SHARE Now is the time to sign up for the March SHARE distribution which is March 21. There are two packages this month. The Value package, which is $19.50, includes: Whole chicken breast tenders; imitation crab meat; popcorn shrimp; bratwurst; ground turkey; frozen sliced straw- berries; frozen sweet potato patties; potatoes; onions; and 4-5 other fruits and vegetables. The special, which is $20.50, is an 8-9 lb., honey-cured spiral-cut ham, bone-in, vacuum packed and wrapped in gold foil. You must sign up by March 9 by calling Marie Kunlo at 775-2240 for King George and Colonial Beach distribution or Mary Moore for the Navy distribution at 663-3214. 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