The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is requesting a three-year renewal of its Section 1115 Demonstration Project for the SeniorCare Prescription Drug Assistance Program to continue the program until December 31, 2018. The current waiver is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015. SeniorCare, Wisconsin's prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older is designed to help seniors with their prescription drug costs.
The Department anticipates submitting the waiver renewal application at the end of June 2015. If any additional changes are required to the SeniorCare program as a result of the current Wisconsin biennial budget deliberations, the Department will assess the impact of these changes on the waiver renewal timeline.
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The Department will hold several public hearings around the state to seek input on the SeniorCare program waiver renewal. Hearing dates and locations:
Waiver Renewal Timeline
The Department will submit the waiver renewal request to CMS by the end of June 2015.
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History of the Program
On July 1, 2002, Wisconsin received the necessary waiver approvals from CMS to operate a portion of SeniorCare as a five-year demonstration project. Through its partnership with the federal government, the SeniorCare waiver extends Medicaid eligibility through Title XIX to cover prescription drugs as a necessary primary health care benefit.
Population and Numbers Served
The target population for services under this demonstration project is seniors 65 years of age or older with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Each month the SeniorCare waiver program serves about 60,000 seniors.