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Arizona Revamps Senior Prescription Plan

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PHOENIX, Jan 07, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Arizona's sizable population of retirees will be getting a new discount prescription card designed to cover gaps in Medicare's new prescription program.

The CoppeRx Card will be available at no charge to all Arizonans over the age of 65 and will provide 15 percent to 55 percent discounts on all generic and brand name pharmaceuticals.

Gov. Janet Napolitano had promised to overhaul the CoppeRx Card program during last year's campaign.

"The Medicare program has gaps," Napolitano said in Phoenix Wednesday. "You have no coverage for any medicines until you've spent $250. There's another huge gap from $2,250 to $5,100 in expenses, in which the Medicare benefit pays absolutely nothing at all. The 'Copper Card' will fill those gaps."

The changes raise the dispensing fee from $2 to $3 per prescription, however, and eliminates the enrollment fee.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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