Gov. Scott Walker’s executive budget would cut $15 million from the state’s popular SeniorCare program over the next two years.
The program provides senior citizens with prescription drug benefits. The governor’s budget would slash $15 million in state tax dollars from the program, resulting in the loss of a matching $15 million in federal funding and $66 million in program revenue.
The only explanation Walker has offered is the cuts will ensure coherent alignment with Medicare Part D. The governor’s spokeswoman had no immediate explanation.
Walker included provisions in his first budget in 2011 that would have required SeniorCare enrollees to first sign up for Medicare Part D and use SeniorCare as a supplement to generate $15 million in savings. The Legislature rejected that proposal in the final budget.