SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 25

 

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

210th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 15, 2002

 

 

Sponsored by:

Senator LEONARD T. CONNORS, JR.

District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Memorializes Congress to enact legislation concerning prescription drug coverage through Medicare program.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 


A Concurrent Resolution memorializing Congress to enact legislation concerning prescription drug coverage through the Medicare program.

 

Whereas, Prescription drug costs are rising faster than overall inflation, with the ability of senior citizens to continue to afford prescription drugs becoming more problematic than ever; and an increasing number of senior citizens often must choose between spending their fixed incomes on food or medicine, with many senior citizens employing unsafe tactics to make their prescriptions last longer, such as splitting pills in half and staggering the days on which medication is taken; and

Whereas, According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, many senior citizens nationwide already receive prescription drug coverage through the Medicaid program and Medicare supplemental insurance policies; nonetheless, more than one-third of senior citizens still do not have prescription drug coverage; and

Whereas, Few, if any, senior citizens have prescription drug coverage through health maintenance organizations since most health maintenance organizations are no longer offering drug coverage; and about 25 percent of the Medicare population is fortunate to have significant prescription drug coverage through employer retirement plans, although recently employers have been cutting back on this benefit; and

Whereas, Helping senior citizens afford prescription drugs is one of the priorities of Medicare reform and under federal legislation pending in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, the federal government would pay for prescription drug coverage for the nation's 40 million Medicare recipients; and

Whereas, The Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled program and the Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program pay for prescription drug coverage for those senior citizens who are residents of the State and meet certain income-eligibility limits, while federal proposals would include all Medicare-eligible senior citizens; now, therefore,

 

    Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):

 

    1. The United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives are respectfully memorialized to enact legislation and the President is respectfully memorialized to sign legislation which


would provide all Medicare-eligible recipients with the opportunity to obtain outpatient prescription drug coverage.

 

    2. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the General Assembly, shall be transmitted to the presiding officers of the Congress of the United States and each member of New Jersey's Congressional delegation.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This concurrent resolution memorializes the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives to enact legislation and memorializes the President to sign legislation which would provide all Medicare-eligible recipients with the opportunity to obtain outpatient prescription drug coverage.