Saving SeniorCare

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Flipping through three full pages Victoria Woodford counts her number of daily prescriptions like most of us count the days of the week.

"Ten. Ten prescription drugs," she says.

At 81 Woodford suffers from diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

"I just got on this Advair and that's $210 for a 30 day supply," explains Woodford.

She says the only way she can afford the drugs, is with the help of SeniorCare.

"I save between $250-$300 a month."

But now the program Woodford relies on, may be coming to an end.

"We are the only state in the nation that has this program so we're special and special programs aren't always looked at favorably," says Paula Gibson with the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups. She says the feds may cut funding to SeniorCare in favor Medicare Part D, but there's a problem.

"Ninety-four percent of seniors who are on SeniorCare are better off staying on SeniorCare than going to Medicare Part D,"says Gibson.

Not only do seniors save money, Gibson says so does the federal government.

According to state department of health and family services, senior care, at just $617 per person per year, is about half the cost of medicare part d.

But that may not be enough to save it. And that means some seniors, like Woodford, will be left to cope.

"The way I figured it I'm better off on SeniorCare than Medicare Part D," laments Woodford.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt in Milwaukee about SeniorCare.

And right now, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Secretary Kevin Hayden is in Washington lobbying to save the program.



 
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