At Trial For Ala. House Speaker, Medicaid Officials Say They Opposed Bill Aiding His Client


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Consultant: No Direct Order To Use Party Chairman’s Firm


Other testimony on Thursday focused on language in a 2013 budget bill that could have benefited one of Hubbard’s consulting clients. The Alabama Medicaid Agency in 2013 was studying the possibility of one day hiring a pharmacy benefit manager to provide prescription drugs for Medicaid patients. Medicaid officials testified Thursday that they were caught off guard when the House added a budget amendment setting requirements for any manager that might be hired. The group that qualified under the amendment, the Alabama-based American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc., had a $5,000-per month consulting contract with Hubbard. (Chandler, 5/26)