Ryan Statement on New SeniorCare Wrap-Around Program
In light of today's announcement by Governor Doyle unveiling WisconsinCare, a wrap-around program that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist those who currently benefit from SeniorCare when the transition is made to Medicare Part D, First District Congressman Paul Ryan today issued the following statement:
"I am encouraged that the Governor and HHS were able to work together and agree on a plan that will help protect Wisconsin seniors' benefits, easing the transition from SeniorCare and improving upon Medicare Part D. Our original aim was to extend SeniorCare over the long-term, but when that was denied by the administration, we worked to secure a short-term extension that would give the state time to put forward a new program and enable a smooth transition for Wisconsin seniors. I am glad the Governor worked with HHS to give seniors plenty of time for a smooth transition. This new program clearly improves upon Medicare's drug benefit for so many Wisconsin seniors."