Missouri’s Senior RX Program, which offers discounts on prescription drugs for senior citizens, will remain – even though the federal Medicare drug prescription drug benefit has been approved. Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell, the state’s advocate for the elderly, says when the Senior RX Program was created, plans called for it to remain in place once a federal program came along. The Legislature will be asked to approve a proposal to have the Senior RX Program fill the so-called donut hole which sees senior citizens with drug bills between $2,250 and $5,000 left covering their own costs. Governor Bob Holden says start up administrative costs to put the federal and state programs together should come to about $30-Million.
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