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The Placer County Board of Supervisors was in session Tuesday and on the agenda was the public hearing to close the County’s pharmacy. Placer County is making adjustments in preparation for the next phase of the National Health Care plan to take effect January 1 of 2014. The Placer County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the closure of the County’s pharmacy due to a retirement at the facility. The County also approved contracting with Rite-Aid Pharmacy for prescription needs of indigent persons in the county.
The board approved the change with Rite Aid Pharmacy increasing the amount by $475,000 for a revised total of $2,470,000 through December 31, 2013.
Maureen Bowman, the County Adult System of care and medical clinic’s Director explained the Medi-care expansion program that will be taking effect with the new Health Care Reform act.
Bowman says that due to the retirement, the county will move to the private sector for pharmacy needs as was the plan just sooner than planned.
The County is to provide a 24- hour information service regarding the closure of the County pharmacy and the alternative availability of pharmacy services.