Wisconsin's SeniorCare program gets waiver

Published On: Dec 27 2012 09:19:32 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 09:19:24 AM CST
Prescription Drugs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin's SeniorCare prescription drug program for senior citizens has been granted another waiver from the federal government to continue operating until at least 2015.

The waiver is needed so the state can run the program outside of Medicare Part D. The current waiver was granted in 2009 and set to expire at the end of the year.

Gov. Scott Walker announced the renewal Thursday.

"I am pleased to announce SeniorCare’s renewal to Wisconsin’s parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors, who depend on it," Governor Walker said in a statement. "It’s important for Wisconsin’s seniors to be able to get the prescription drugs they need at an affordable price."

The program began in 2002 and provides discounted prescription drugs for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years old or older and meet eligibility criteria. There is a $30 annual enrollment fee with copayments ranging from $5 to $15.

SeniorCare is wildly popular largely because there are no gaps in coverage it is more comprehensive and less expensive than Medicare Part D.