What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Increase the Eligibility of Low-Income Prescription Drug Coverage.
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Increase the Eligibility of Low-Income Prescription Drug Coverage.
senate Roll Call 251     Jun 26, 2003
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N = Progressive
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Medicaid rules require beneficiaries to demonstrate that their total assets are below $4000 before they can receive prescription drug coverage through the low-income health insurance program. This $4000 level, Progressives argue, is much too low and excludes numerous low-income individuals from the benefits of Medicaid prescription drug coverage. During debate on the prescription drug bill, Senator Bingaman (D-NM) proposed an amendment to increase the threshold to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for married couples and, furthermore, to annually adjust those figures upward to account for inflation. Bingaman's amendment, which allowed more individuals and couples to benefit from drug coverage through the Medicaid program, attracted the support from forty-six Democrats and twenty-two Republicans and was adopted on a 69-29 vote.

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