Legislation would Stop Viagra Prescriptions to Sex Offenders


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005


The state Health and Human Services Agency says since last spring 137 registered sex offenders have received erectile dysfunction drugs, like Viagra from the Medi-Cal program.  Other states have had similar findings. Agency Secretary Kim Belshe (Bell-shay) says while it may not be a lot of money, there’s a principal involved in stopping the practice. 

“The question, is it appropriate for registered sex offenders? Governor Schwarzenegger says no. Members say no and we anticipate the legislature will say no.” 

The bill by Republican Assemblyman George Plescia (PLESH-uh) would also allow the state Department of Justice to provide sex offender information to government entities that provide prescription drugs.  Under current law, the sex offender database can’t be used to deny health coverage.  There’s no registered opposition to Plescia’s bill.