A bill that would have created a preferred drug list for mental health patients on Medicaid died Monday in the Senate Health and Human Services committee.
Advocates for the mentally ill feared patients would be denied the right drug and that the time needed for doctors to get drugs not on the preferred list would be a hassle, limiting timely care.
Sponsor Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, tried to allay those fears by saying that any patient who was stable on a drug not on the list could continue to take it by requesting authorization. "I am not taking one [drug] away. None at all. None," he said.