A lobbyist for the elderly spoke in favor of a bill that would provide subsidies for prescription drugs last night/Tuesday night in the Capitol. Aaron Cummins has more--
The plan would provide assistance to low-income seniors who spend more than $500 a year on medication.
American Association of Retired Persons representative Gordon Butler says the program would help lots of people.
Under the plan, a person could be reimbursed up to $1,000 each year.
The program would cost the state more than $30 million dollars annually with money coming from the tobacco settlement, federal grants, or a cigarette tax.
From Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.
The sponsor of a bill to provide subsidies for prescription drugs says he'd support a 5 cent cigarette tax increase to pay for the program. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--
Under the plan, low-income seniors could be reimbursed up $1,000 each year for medication.
That would cost the state an estimated $30 million dollars.
Representative Jim Froelker (FROW-ker) says funding would come from the tobacco settlement, federal grants, or a cigarette tax.
Froelker says the program is important because of rising drug costs.
The bill is under review by a House committee.
From the state Capitol, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.