Feds Extend SeniorCare Through 2018

Sen. Hansen gives credit for bi-partisan support to thousands who signed petitions to save SeniorCare

(Madison)—The federal government recently notified the state Department of Health Services that Wisconsin’s waiver to renew SeniorCare through December 31, 2018 has been approved.  The approval is good news for the more than 85,000 people who are currently enrolled in the popular prescription drug savings program.

 

“This is good news for everyone who depends on SeniorCare to afford their needed medications.  And it’s good for taxpayers too who save $90 million per year as a result of SeniorCare’s ability to negotiate for lower prices directly with drug companies,” said Hansen who voted to create SeniorCare.

 

The fate of SeniorCare was in doubt when Governor Walker released his budget that included plans to eliminate the popular plan.  Hansen, other Democrats and SeniorCare advocates collected more than 13,000 signatures in a petition drive that helped create bi-partisan opposition to the Governor’s attempt to eliminate it.

 

“Over 4,300 people from Northeast Wisconsin signed the petition that helped save SeniorCare.  As a result Democrats and Republicans opposed the planned elimination and the program was restored in the state budget.  It just goes to show that when people get involved legislators will listen.”

 

More than 85,000 people are currently enrolled in SeniorCare, and benefit from the program's simple enrollment process, $30 annual fee, income-based deductibles, and $5 co-pays for generic drugs.  Most participants save hundreds of dollars each year, over what their costs would be on Medicare Part D, and taxpayers save $90 million per year through SeniorCare’s direct negotiation with drug companies.

 

"SeniorCare saves money and SeniorCare saves lives, and that's why so many people were willing to sign their names and share their stories, in support of the program," said Hansen.  "Thanks to their efforts SeniorCare will be here to continue helping Wisconsin seniors save money on their prescription drugs.”