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Medical News & Perspectives
March 7, 2001

Immediate Prescription Coverage in Doubt for Medicare Recipients

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JAMA. 2001;285(9):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1144-JMN0307-2-1

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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