February 1, 2019
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

The Department of Health Services Receives another Temporary Extension of the SeniorCare Program

Prescription drug assistance program for seniors will continue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is granting the Department of Health Services (DHS) an additional temporary extension of Wisconsin’s SeniorCare waiver. This is the second extension DHS has received in 2019 for the SeniorCare waiver, which expired at the end of 2018. This 60-day temporary extension allows the program to continue until March 31, 2019, as CMS finalizes its review of the application for a long-term extension. Reviews of applications have been delayed due to the 35-day federal government shutdown.

In June of 2018, DHS submitted an application requesting an extension of its Section 1115 Research and Demonstration Project waiver, known as the SeniorCare Prescription Drug Assistance Program. The current three-year waiver expired on December 31, 2018, and DHS has requested a ten-year extension so the state may continue to operate the program through December 31, 2028.

SeniorCare is an income-based prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older. SeniorCare works in coordination with Medicare Part D, allowing seniors to choose the drug coverage that is right for them and ensuring that coverage is comprehensive and cost-effective. Currently, about 50,000 Wisconsin seniors depend on SeniorCare to help with the cost of prescription drugs.

View the full public notice and waiver extension application.