What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Exempt Payment of Monthly Premiums When Drug Coverage Fails to Cover Any Costs of Prescription Drugs. (2003 senate Roll Call 244)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Exempt Payment of Monthly Premiums When Drug Coverage Fails to Cover Any Costs of Prescription Drugs.
senate Roll Call 244     Jun 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The prescription drug proposal under consideration in the Senate would charge beneficiaries a $35 monthly premium and an annual deductible of $275 in exchange for drug coverage up to $4500. Individuals who spend between $4501 and $5813 on prescription drugs, however, receive no prescription drug coverage within that range but would still have to pay the monthly premium even though they receive no benefit. In the view of Progressives, this situation is unfair because seniors should not have to pay the monthly premium for a prescription drug benefit that provides them with no assistance for drug expenditures between $4501 and $5813. To correct this situation, Senator Graham (D-FL) offered an amendment which would exempt seniors from the $35 monthly premium if, during that month, their drug expenditures fell within the coverage gap and they received no financial assistance for prescription drugs as a result. A united front of Republicans and a handful of Democrats were able to defeat Graham's measure on a vote of 39-56.

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