- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says no one will get kicked off the state’s popular prescription drug program SeniorCare under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

Walker’s proposal requires that SeniorCare enrollees first sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and use state benefits under SeniorCare as a supplement.

Rhoades told the Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday that whether costs will go up depends on the circumstances of the person and what plan they choose under Medicare Part D.

Because SeniorCare is an alternative to Medicare Part D, thousands of seniors not yet enrolled in the federal program would be asked to switch and could face higher fees.

The Legislature, under bipartisan opposition, killed a similar proposal from Walker in 2011.

SeniorCare serves about 85,000 people.



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