✦ Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) on March 18 filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group subsidiary OptumRx, alleging that the PBM overcharged the state by $16 million because it “failed to provide contractually agreed discounts on drugs.” Ohio has been conducting an ongoing investigation into the practices of PBMs, and in February, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine asked the state’s Department of Medicaid to rebid the state’s five long-running managed Medicaid contracts because of new state requirements around drug pricing transparency. Meanwhile, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) on March 21 said he was launching an investigation into allegations that PBMs “have overcharged the state health insurance programs for prescription drugs and discriminated against independent pharmacies.”
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