Gary Karr Quotes

Gary Karr


“We wanted to respect all the partners out there and their religious beliefs.”

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“We are reminding all the plans that they must follow this. This is required.”

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“The card is not valid once you sign up for a plan.”

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“We're also working on further steps to insure that, when a beneficiary goes to a pharmacy in 2006, they'll be able to get their prescription drugs, even if the only proof they have is that they are in Medicaid and Medicare.”

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“We are working on a new safety net process as a backstop, ... Somebody who has Medicare and Medicaid can go to the pharmacy and show proof and get his or her prescription filled.”

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“We are working on a new safety net process as a backstop. Somebody who has Medicare and Medicaid can go to the pharmacy and show proof and get his or her prescription filled.”

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“Beneficiaries should be hearing from their former employer or union this fall about their coverage options.”

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“The eyes of the state of New Jersey are on the commission for awarding (Republican state senator) Martha Bark no-show contracts and giving three-quarters of a million dollars to the Strategy Group (a lobbying firm once led by Republican state Chairman Tom Wilson) ... We can't renominate a commissioner who didn't bring that to light. We can't do that.”

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“I can't go to a tool and put in my drugs and find out which plan gives me the cheapest drugs. I can't do that at all. This, however, does allow you to do that.”

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“All Medicare drug plans have to cover all medically necessary treatments.”

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“Based on the prices we've looked at, we believe the drug plans are getting better net prices than those paid under Medicaid.”

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“It's simply asking for comment. Earlier, there were predictions we would not have enough plans. That's clearly not the case now. The question is will it still be of service to beneficiaries if you had fewer. Again, it's not a commitment.”

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“We found that more than two-thirds of (beneficiaries) were assigned to plans that covered every single one of the drugs they were actually taking. Only 8.2% were assigned to plans that covered less than 70% of their drugs.”

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“One of the concerns we have is that folks are overly anxious and think they've got to go find a plan today, or find a plan tomorrow or find a plan on Monday. Not only do they not need to decide now, they can't decide now.”

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“We recognize that pharmacists have done a heroic job in the first two weeks. We're working very hard to make sure that won't happen again.”

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