Seniors in Western Wisconsin and across the state rely on SeniorCare to provide them with affordable prescription medication. I understand the importance of SeniorCare, that is why I worked with the members of the budget committee to ensure that SeniorCare would remain unchanged and properly funded in the state budget.
No changes were made to SeniorCare in the budget and funding for SeniorCare was increased by $6.8 million in 2011-12 and by $3.3 million in 2012-13. I am a long time advocate of this program because of the positive benefits it provides our seniors and our state.
SeniorCare was created in 2001 to provide prescription drug coverage for Wisconsin residents 65 years of age or older. The program operates under a waiver from the federal government, which provides the state with matching Medicaid funds to operate the program. SeniorCare is administered by the Department of Health Services.
During the last ten years, SeniorCare has been a cost-effective tool by emphasizing preventive care instead of costly emergency care and has served as a national model on how to help seniors with escalating drug prices. Wisconsin seniors and taxpayers have both benefited from this valuable program.
If you want to know more about SeniorCare, please contact my office by calling 1-800-862-1092 or via email at Sen.Harsdorf@legis.state.wi.us . You may also find more information online at www.dhfs.state.wi.us/seniorcare .