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Idea of prescription drug help for the elderly coming closer and closer to reality.

September 6, 2001
By: Chris DuPree
State Capital Bureau

Elderly in Missorui are one step closer to receiving help with their prescription drug costs. Chris DuPree has more from Jefferson City.

STORY

A compromise reached in the Senate breathes new life into creating a prescription drug progam for the elderly of Missouri.

The Republican-Controlled Senate Health Committee approved a bill that is a compromise of the Senate bills that were proposed and the recommendations of the prescription drug task force and its democratic chariman, Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell.

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A difference pointed out by Lt. Governor Maxwell was that the compromised bill did not include details about Medicaid provisions which are included in the task-force's recommendations.

But the Senate committee declared that Medicaid provisions of the bill will be introduced as an amendment on the Senate floor.

The result is a beginning for the legislature in addressing prescription drug needs and a victory for the elderly to get the adequte help that they need.

Chris DuPree in Jefferson City.