Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Repay the Senior Living Trust Fund
A new report shows that in spite of concerns about the cost of healthcare for the poor,
Oh, darn it, that Governor of ours has another idea …
But Governor Vilsack says repaying that fund will have to wait. Instead, he says, the surplus must go to fund the Indigent Defense Fund, a legal-expenses program for the poor that was created but under-funded...and lawmakers directed that any extra money should go into that.
June 10, 2005
Secretary of State
State Capitol Building
L O C A L
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I hereby transmit House File 821, an Act relating to the establishment of a prescription drug assistance program by the commissioner of insurance, and providing for a contingent appropriation.
Assisting all Iowans with access to lower cost prescription drugs continues to be one of my top priorities. Prescription drug assistance programs similar to the one established in House File 821 have been valuable tools in other states, and this program is estimated to save Iowans between $6 and $10 million. Furthermore, House File 821 will compliment the initiatives of the new IowaCare Act (House File 841). I have directed the Insurance Commissioner to work with the Department of Human Services during the implementation process to ensure an efficient and effective use of resources in providing prescription drug assistance to Iowans.
House File 821 is approved on this date with the following exception, which I hereby disapprove. I am unable to approve the item designated as Section 2, subsection 2 in its entirety. I remain concerned that this section unnecessarily diverts resources away from the Senior Living Trust, which provides seniors vital health care and living option services. This section also implies the program is targeted towards older Iowans when its benefits should serve all Iowans who need assistance accessing prescription drugs to protect their health security. If necessary, any future appropriation should come from the state general fund. I cannot and will not support an unnecessary diversion of resources from the Senior Living Trust.
For the above reasons, I respectfully disapprove of the designated item in accordance with Article III, Section 16, of the Constitution of the State of
. All other items in House File 821 are hereby approved as of this date. Iowa
Thomas J. Vilsack
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