CA/IL Calls on Governor Quinn to Issue Amendatory Veto to Allow for Safe Transition for Seniors and People with Disabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 25, 2012
Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-director Citizen Action/IL: 312.427.2114 x202
Citizen Action/Illinois Calls on Governor Quinn to Issue Amendatory Veto to Allow for Safe Transition for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Today, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with several other groups in calling on Governor Quinn to issue an amendatory veto of SB2840 in order to allow for a safe and orderly transition for the enrollees in the Illinois Cares RX program.
“As an organization who has been on the frontline of fighting for prescription drug coverage for seniors and people with disabilities for over a decade we are calling on Governor Quinn to issue an amendatory veto of the SB 2840, in order to provide for a fair and safe transition of people out of the Illinois Cares RX program. Since the Affordable Care Act does not replace this critical support until 2020, many of the enrollees in the program will be faced with thousands of dollars of increases in out of pocket cost for their drugs,” said Lynda DeLaforgue, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois.
Illinois Cares Rx is a critical lifeline for over 160,000 seniors and people with disabilities. If left unchanged, SB2840 cuts off this program on July 1st of this year. This sudden and extreme elimination of benefits for a very vulnerable population will most surely put peoples’ lives and health at risk. If the Governor cannot add back the program he should the very least provide for an end date of the Illinois Cares RX program of January 1, 2013. This will allow for service providers to work with this population to determine if there are other options for them to receive the assistance that Illinois Cares RX will no longer provide. It will also coincide with Medicare Part D’s annual open enrollment period which could further benefit these enrollees.
“We believe this request makes common sense and will have the potential to save lives as well as reduce risk of further health problems for people who have depended on this vital program. We are saddened by this action that will impact the largest and most vulnerable group of Illinois residents and we implore the Governor to seriously take this request under his immediate consideration,” added DeLaforgue.