New Law Makes Prescription Drugs Cheaper

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Governor Bill Ritter signed his first bill into law on Monday.

The bill is designed to help families of four or more with their prescription drug costs.

Those eligible are, families who make less than $60,000 a year, families who can't afford and don't have their own health insurance and families that don't qualify for medicaid.

One Pueblo woman meets all of those guidelines.

Her name is Betty Sisneros.

Sisneros says, "I'm kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place."

She doesn't qualify for medicaid, is under 65 years old, can't afford health insurance and makes less than $60,000 a year.

"My medication, just one medication that I take is over $200", says Sisneros.

Owner of JB Pharmacy in Pueblo, Jim Burns is skeptical of the new law.

"Where's the fire. So far we just have a lot of promises", says Burns.

Families would only be able to get their discount generic drugs from participating pharmacists.

Burns believe there's not enough incentive for manufacturers or pharmacists to jump in.

"It's a whole year away. I don't think there's anything right now to get excited about with this bill", says Burns.

House members say, nearly 300,000 Coloradans could take advantage of the program and could save up to 80% on their prescription drugs.

Pueblo resident, Helen Pauline Abeyta says, "You're going to have a lot of people going down there looking into it, definitely."

Families can begin to enroll in the Colorado Cares Plan in 2008.

That's when it's expected to launch.

The enrollment fee is $20.

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