The CMS has decided to pull the plug on SeniorCare, Wisconsins 5-year-old program to get prescription drugs to its seniors.
The agencys reason is that many seniors in that state could get comparable or even cheaper drug coverage under Medicares Part D program. But in a statement, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle called the decision a terrible mistake, claiming that 105,000 Wisconsin seniors who currently get their medicine through this program will pay more and get less coverage under Part D, while drug companies make even larger profits, Doyle said.
The program ends on June 30. Doyle said he wants a six-month extension for the SeniorCare program in the meantime to ensure that seniors dont lose their drug coverage in the next 90 days.
This is yet another example of the Bush administration taking the side of the drug companies over seniors, said Tom Frazier, executive director of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups.
Frazier noted that the largest single source of funding for SeniorCare comes from rebates negotiated by the state on behalf of SeniorCare enrollees. The CMS has refused to listen to stories of seniors who will not be able to afford prescriptions even though overwhelming evidence has shown that SeniorCare is actually more cost-effective, he said. -- by Jennifer Lubell