ON NATIONAL HUNGER DAY, HOLT INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT LOW-INCOME SENIORS
June 7, 2005
BILL WOULD PREVENT SENIORS FROM HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD STAMPS AND Rx DRUG BENEFIT
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced legislation to fix a flaw in the Medicare Modernization Act that eliminates low-income seniors' food stamp eligibility if they opt to receive assistance with their prescription drugs. Holt's legislation would ensure that participation by low-income seniors in the new Medicare prescription drug benefit will not affect eligibility for food stamps or other federal assistance programs.
"Asking low-income seniors to give up their food stamps in order to receive assistance paying for their prescription drugs immoral," said Holt. "The lowest income seniors should not have to choose between getting help with their prescription drug costs and continuing to receive federal assistance for food costs."
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"Congress and the Bush Administration have repeatedly affirmed that low-income seniors should not have to choose between food and prescription drugs," said Holt. "They passed a bill that does not live up to that commitment. Congress should act quickly to fix this flaw in the Medicare Modernization Act so that the most vulnerable among us are not faced with an impossible choice."