Drug Program For Seniors

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, June 24, 2002 - 04:02 AM
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An Ohio Department of Aging official says a state prescription-drug discount program for senior citizens and disabled people probably won't go into operation until spring. After months of haggling, the legislature late last month approved the program, which was strongly supported by Governor Bob Taft, as part of its latest budget package. Roland Hornbostel, the department's chief of planning, says it will take about nine months to get the program started. He says rules must be developed and approved, then the department must contract with a pharmacy-benefits manager to arrange discounts and negotiate rebates with pharmaceutical manufacturers. When ready the program could help as many as 500-thousand Golden Buckeye card holders, who have no insurance coverage for prescription drugs.

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