Lawmaker’s pharmacy may close over dispute

Posted Aug. 23, 2003, at 12 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 22, 2010, at 1:01 p.m.

OAKLAND, Maine — State Rep. Robert Nutting said Friday he will close his drugstore for good on Sept. 26 if no settlement is reached with the state in a dispute over Medicaid billings.

Nutting, R-Oakland, made the announcement in front of a group of weeping supporters, who say the community depends on True’s Pharmacy to remain open.

The state Department of Human Services said Nutting owes at least $876,000 for overbilling state and federal Medicaid programs over a five-year period.

Nutting maintained, however, that his only mistake was an incorrect interpretation of the billing rules. He said the state’s math was incorrect and he owes only $563,000.

Nutting said he remains willing to negotiate a payment arrangement to keep the pharmacy open.

Nutting missed Thursday’s deadline for turning over invoices which detail how much True’s Pharmacy billed Medicaid. DHS officials planned to collect the invoices from the pharmacy.

Nutting said there was no way he could comply with the demand of acting DHS Commissioner Peter Walsh and bring thousands of printed pages to Augusta.