Governor offers alternative to SeniorCare

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Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) has proposed a new prescription drug program as a replacement for SeniorCare.

WisconsinCare, as the new program would be called, would provide equal or better coverage than SeniorCare and allow the state to cover more people, including many nursing home residents, Doyle said. Federal officials recently said SeniorCare would end and that its beneficiaries would be required to enroll in a Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan.

The new program would start on Jan. 1, 2008, when Senior Care expires. All SeniorCare participants would be automatically enrolled.

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