The Governor and lawmakers have unveiled plans to replace to the state's SeniorCare program. Speaking on the steps of the state Capitol building Wednesday morning, Governor Jim Doyle outlined the new WisconsinCare program , which is expected to replace SeniorCare when it expires at the end of this year. Doyle says the new program would provide access to affordable prescription drugs to the elderly and disabled.
The Governor says WisconsinCare would be funded with the same $128 million he budgeted for SeniorCare, along with federal funds. While it may not provide the same level of coverage, Doyle says the benefits will remain strong.
Doyle says the program will also provide for a smooth transition as SeniorCare ends. He says it will make sure nobody falls through the cracks when dealing with more expensive prescription drug coverage under the federal Medicare Part D program.
WisconsinCare will still need legislative and federal approval. Leaders from both parties joined the Governor in announcing the plan.