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Senator Kohl Questions HHS Secretary Sebelius About Future of SeniorCare

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Published on Jun 9, 2009

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) questions the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, about the administrations plans to grant SeniorCare a waiver through 2012. SeniorCare is Wisconsin's popular senior drug coverage program, and the only program of its kind left in the United States that offers state residents an alternative to Medicare Part D.

As you know, the waiver for Wisconsins SeniorCare program is scheduled to end on December 31 of this year. Currently, SeniorCare provides over 100,000 seniors in my state with high quality, cost effective prescription drug coverage. And, according to the Congressional Budget office, it does so while achieving ongoing savings for the federal government.

I understand that Governor Jim Doyle has applied for a waiver to extend SeniorCare through 2012, which would allow this successful program to continue and avoid breaks in coverage for the thousands of Wisconsin senior citizens who count on it. Can you tell me the status of the waiver application? Kohl asked.

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