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County Keeps Funding For Viagra In Budget — Despite $300 Million Shortfall

May 18, 2011 by  

County Keeps Funding For Viagra In Budget — Despite $300 Million Shortfall

The Montgomery County, Md. County Council has decided it’s not going to let budget problems stand in the way of its employees’ bedroom activities and has decided to continue paying for their little blue pills.

The County Council is keeping funding for Viagra off the chopping block, despite the jurisdiction’s $300 million budget shortfall, according to an article on WashingtonExaminer.com.

“County Executive Ike Leggett proposed eliminating taxpayer-funded coverage for erectile dysfunction drugs in Montgomery’s employee health insurance program,” read the article. “However, the council has stepped in on behalf of those needing a little help in the bedroom. Under a new council blueprint, county employees would be eligible for six doses of such drugs a month. Previously, employees had no limits on the number they could get.”

“This should not be trivialized,” Councilman Marc Elrich, Democrat-at large, told the Examiner. “I know it’s an easy headline. But this is a quality-of-life issue. This can affect relationships.”

A spokesman for Leggett told the newspaper, “It doesn’t belong in the budget; we thought it wasn’t justified,” adding that not covering the drugs would have saved the County $400,000 annually.

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