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Tue November 25, 2003
A-A-R-P Director Admits Medicare Bill Not Perfect
Laramie, WY – The U-S Senate approved a sweeping Medicare reform bill Tuesday morning. Wyoming A-A-R-P Director Rita Inoway admits the legislation to provide a prescription drug benefit isn't perfect, but it's a good start. Inoway says one problem is the prescription drug programs complexity and the doughnut hole that doesn't provide coverage. She says people in certain income ranges get help to a certain point and then coverage stops and they have to pay for their own medications. Inoway says when the cost gets to a catastrophic level, then they get help again. She believes it will be easier to amend the program to take care of the problems once the legislation is approved.