Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is being granted new life.
The federal government has renewed a waiver for the popular prescription drug program, allowing it to continue through 2012. Governor Jim Doyle says that’s good news for the nearly 90,000 seniors who qualify for the benefits.
The program had been set to expire at the end of the year. However, Doyle says President Obama understands how much money SeniorCare can save. Doyle says it only costs the federal government about $600 to keep a person enrolled in SeniorCare, compared to the average $1,600 cost of Medicare Part D.
SeniorCare has faced problems before, when the Bush administration tried several times to end it and similar programs. However, Doyle says Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation has continued the fight to keep it going.
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