The Senate passed legislation to extend for two years the Qualified Individual program, which helps low-income families by paying their Medicare Part B premiums. The bill, which passed without debate, now awaits President Bush's signature. The legislation includes a three-month extension of the Temporary Medical Assistance program, which allows families with children to continue receiving Medicaid benefits for up to 12 months while transitioning from welfare to work. It also would provide grants to states affected by Hurricane Katrina to help pay for unemployment benefits, but ends Medicare and Medicaid coverage for impotence drugs.
Senate passes bill extending Medicare subsidy program
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