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N.Y. and Wisconsin oppose paying for Viagra pills

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The federal government could be in for a battle with the states over Medicaid coverage of Viagra.

New York and Wisconsin health officials said Friday they won't go along with a federal directive that state Medicaid programs pay for the impotence pill. They said they aren't sure Viagra is safe or necessary.And officials in at least one other state, Michigan, said they are debating whether to ignore the order or brace for what they say would be an annual $14 million bill.

"When you think about all the other things you can do with $14 million, we have to believe that there are better uses for that money," said Geralyn Lasher, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health. "We're still looking at our options."