Inmate Impotence Drugs

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State officials say that Colorado's Medicaid program spent two-thousand dollars supplying Viagra and other impotence drugs to five registered sex offenders.

State officials compiled the numbers after a survey by The Associated Press two weeks ago showed that nearly 800 convicted sex offenders in 14 other states got Medicaid-funded prescriptions for impotence drugs.

The state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing paid slightly more than two-thousand dollars for Viagra and similar drugs from July first, 2003, through March 31st. Spokeswoman Rhonda Bentz says the Colorado Medicaid program will receive regular updates of the sex-offender registry from the Department of Public Safety to avoid paying for impotence drugs.

She says sex offenders can continue to receive the drugs if they or another insurance provider pays.