Chicago—President George W. Bush's plan to offer immediate assistance to help low-income Medicare recipients receive prescription drug coverage is likely to be scuttled in favor of a more comprehensive plan that could take a year to hammer out.
Bush's "Immediate Helping Hand" program, announced during his second week in office, would offer federal subsidies to state programs to help low-income recipients pay for prescription drugs. The president has proposed sweeping Medicare reforms that would cover prescription drugs, but enactment could take years.
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