Officials with the state’s prescription drug subsidy for the elderly program say they expect about 20,000 senior citizens to sign up as the last of the applications come in through the mail. Those signing up will get coverage under the Senior RX program starting July first. The program’s executive director Laurie Hines says the $25 or $35 enrollment fee and $250 or $500 deductible, depending on income, buys some peace of mind for senior citizens. And, Hines points out if a catastrophic illness hits, the program could make the difference in helping make the experience at least affordable. She says the program did take a funding cut in the House appropriations process andstill has to go through Senate appropriations. But she hopes it won’t end up costing those eligible senior citizens money.
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