The Department of Health Services (DHS) has requested an extension of the federal waiver for Wisconsin's SeniorCare program. The waiver is set to expire on December 31st, 2012.
The waiver extension would allow Wisconsin to continue the SeniorCare program, which is a prescription drug assistance program that is more comprehensive and cost effective coverage than Medicare Part D. SeniorCare has a $30 annual enrollment fee with copayments ranging from $5 to $15 with no gaps in coverage.
SeniorCare saves taxpayer money and is less than half the cost of the Medicaid Part D program. According to DHS, in 2010 the average annual federal cost per SeniorCare member was $509 while individuals enrolled in Medicaid Part D have an average cost of $1,484.
Senator Harsdorf has joined several of her legislative colleagues in signing onto a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging their extension of the federal waiver.