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effect of TRPC4 on HCAECs migration

“There are multiple prescriptions where the reimbursement is not enough to cover our cost,” said Kodiak, who plans to keep his pharmacy open for now. “It’s significantly hurt our business.”

More than a dozen independent pharmacies across the state have closed since the beginning of 2018, said Sullivan, who is leading a group of 200 Illinois independent pharmacies calling for changes.

The state has already tried to address the issue, creating a program last year designed to help fund struggling, independent pharmacies. Pharmacies are just now applying for that cash, said Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association.

“We recognize the challenge that businesses face during times of transition and continue meeting with pharmacies to address their concerns,” Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman John Hoffman said in a statement.

The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans also wants to work with independent pharmacies to better understand their concerns, Samantha Olds Frey, the group’s executive director said in a statement. “No one, including health plans, can reverse health care costs to levels they were a decade ago but we look forward to working with them to continue serving Medicaid members and bending the cost curve of health care going forward,”