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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.
Voelker R. Immediate Prescription Coverage in Doubt for Medicare Recipients. JAMA. 2001;285(9):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1144-JMN0307-2-1