Governor Seeks Extension to Drug Program

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 --- 11:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle has asked the federal government to extend Wisconsin's one-of-a-kind SeniorCare prescription drug program for another three years.

Congress extended the program in 2007 so it will run through Dec. 31. It serves 86,000 senior citizens in Wisconsin.

Doyle announced Tuesday that he has submitted a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SeniorCare supporters say it is easier to use and more cost-effective that Medicare Part D. It costs $30 to enroll in the program, the deductible is income-based and copayments are just $5 for generic drugs and $15 for brand drugs.

Wisconsin's program is unique. All other states either ended their programs or created ones that work in conjunction with Medicare Part D.

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