Gov. Bush hasn't forgotten Florida's medically needy

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:43 p.m.

In the editorial (Jan. 23), "Gov. Bush's alibi," there was some incorrect information presented regarding the recommendations for the Medicaid Spend Down Program, otherwise known as Medically Needy, in Gov. Bush's budget.

While the Medicaid Spend Down Program is scheduled to sunset as of July 1, 2003, it is also true that Gov. Bush's recommended budget will continue to provide health care assistance for approximately 26,000 beneficiaries in the program.

Children and pregnant women currently in the program will continue to receive services. In addition, the governor's budget also provides Medicaid drug benefits through an enhancement of the state's current prescription program, Silver Saver.

Considering that prescription drugs represent 44 percent of the total dollars spent in the program, providing this benefit will cover one of the most costly expenditures.

These are tough budget times, but Gov. Bush is dedicated to providing for our most vulnerable citizens.

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