State of Nevada Archives: on Health Care


Amy Klobuchar: Don't blow up ObamaCare with Medicare-for-All

My plan is a public option. It would reduce premiums for 12 million people immediately. It would expand coverage for about that same number. It is what Barack Obama wanted to do. When you see some troubled waters, you don't blow up a bridge, you build one. And so we need to improve the Affordable Care Act, not blow it up.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Bernie Sanders: Will increase health benefits for all, in unions or not

Despite spending twice as much as any other major country, we got 87 million who are uninsured or underinsured, over 60,000 people who die every year because they don't get to a doctor on time. We're getting ripped off by the pharmaceutical industry, 500,000 people go bankrupt every year because they can't afford medical bills. So let me be clear to in the Culinary Workers Union. I will never sign a bill that will reduce the health care benefits they have. We will only expand it for them.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Joe Biden: Got ObamaCare passed and will expand it

I'm the guy the president turned to and said, go get the votes for ObamaCare. And I notice what everybody's talking about is the plan that I first introduced. That is to go and add to ObamaCare, provide a public option, a Medicare-like option. And increase the subsidies. It cost a lot of money. It cost $750 billion over 10 years. But I paid for it by making sure that Mike and other people pay at the same tax rate their secretary pays at.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Mike Bloomberg: Cannot take away employer insurance from 160 million people

I don't think there's any chance of the senator beating President Trump. You don't start out by saying I've got 160 million people I'm going to take away the insurance plan that they love.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Susie Lee: Defend ACA; improve its coverage

Once regarded as radical, proposals to create a government-run health care system serving all Americans are making inroads among mainstream Democrats. But Nevada's federal lawmakers aren't exactly jumping on the Medicare-for-all bandwagon. Lee wants to "defend the ACA and find solutions that can improve its coverage," according to spokesman Jes£s Espinoza.
Source: Nevada Current on 2018 NV-3 House debate Sep 6, 2019

Steve Sisolak: Expand coverage for those who need it

We have to make sure that quality health care continues to be offered to every Nevadan, not just those who can afford it. Our state took an incredible step when we expanded Medicaid. It gave the chance for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans to go to the doctor and gain the coverage they need. My recommended budget represents the largest investment of general fund dollars to the Department of Health and Human Services in Nevada history.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Nevada legislature Jan 16, 2019

Adam Laxalt: ObamaCare is most flawed piece of legislation ever endured

Q: Support or Repeal ACA, aka ObamaCare? Accept Nevada's ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Adam Laxalt (R): Called ACA "the most flawed piece of major legislation America has ever endured." Will consider Medicaid work requirements. Wouldn't have expanded Medicaid but won't roll it back.

Steve Sisolak (D): Supports ACA and Medicaid expansion. Opposes Medicaid work requirements. "Need to do everything we can to make sure healthcare coverage is maintained."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Dean Heller: Block grants to the states instead of ObamaCare

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Dean Heller (R): Mostly repeal. Voted for several repeal measures, though against at least one. Prefers block grants to the states.

Jacky Rosen (D): Supports ACA but would like to add public option and chance to buy into existing Medicaid programs

Q: Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Dean Heller (R): Cosponsored bill allowing states to impose work requirements.

Jacky Rosen (D): No.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Jacky Rosen: Add public option and Medicaid buy-in to ObamaCare

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Dean Heller (R): Mostly repeal. Voted for several repeal measures, though against at least one. Prefers block grants to the states.

Jacky Rosen (D): Supports ACA but would like to add public option and chance to buy into existing Medicaid programs

Q: Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Dean Heller (R): Cosponsored bill allowing states to impose work requirements.

Jacky Rosen (D): No.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Sisolak: Do everything we can to maintain healthcare coverage

Q: Support or Repeal ACA, aka ObamaCare? Accept Nevada's ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Adam Laxalt (R): Called ACA "the most flawed piece of major legislation America has ever endured." Will consider Medicaid work requirements. Wouldn't have expanded Medicaid but won't roll it back.

Steve Sisolak (D): Supports ACA and Medicaid expansion. Opposes Medicaid work requirements. "Need to do everything we can to make sure healthcare coverage is maintained."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jacky Rosen: Stabilize ObamaCare so premiums are reduced

Major issues this election cycle are health care, crime and veterans. Rosen and Heller both stated their avid support for military families. Rosen specifically says she is going to put major focus in Washington on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act.

"We're going to do everything we can to reduce those premiums so that no one will ever have to make the choice between taking their kid to the doctor and paying rent," Rosen says. "That is no choice."

Source: KOLO-8 News Now NBC on 2018 Nevada Senate race Aug 24, 2018

Jared Fisher: Free market achieves both affordable AND effective care

I am not a supporter of the ACA, because I don't want our state struggling with implementation because the government won't give us flexibility in the use of federal funding. The ACA sends us closer to a single-payer government healthcare system which is controlled by Washington.

The next Governor will be tasked with addressing healthcare long into the future. What do Nevadans really want from their healthcare: Affordable rates? Lower costs? Access? Quality healthcare? My gut tells me that people won't want to choose from that list of priorities; they'll want them all. As a free market, there is no reason this can't be accomplished. Making healthcare 'affordable' and 'effective' does not have to be mutually exclusive.

The ACA must be addressed. Whether it's as drastic as completely phasing it out, as the current administration wants to do, or finding a middle ground to fix the weak points, as Governor, I will make it one of my highest priorities.

Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Mar 21, 2018

Danny Tarkanian: ObamaCare MUST be repealed; I guarantee I'll vote to do so

Many people have pointed out that Sen. Heller and I have both said we support repealing ObamaCare and ask, "What's the difference?" Well, the difference is. I mean it. Although Sen. Heller told us on the campaign trail over and over again that he would vote to repeal ObamaCare, he broke his word and voted to keep it.

Nevadans all across our state have lost the health insurance policies they were told they could keep when ObamaCare was forced on us. In addition, many Nevadans have not only seen their monthly premiums skyrocket.

ObamaCare MUST be repealed. And here's my commitment to you, in writing.

If you give me your trust by sending me to the U.S. Senate, I will push for and vote to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. Guaranteed. That's right, guaranteed. If I'm presented with the opportunity to vote to repeal ObamaCare, and fail to keep my word for any reason the way Sen. Heller did--I'll not only not run for another term, I'll RESIGN from the Senate!

Source: 2018 Nevada Senate campaign website DannyTarkanian.com Feb 3, 2018

Adam Laxalt: Bash ObamaCare, but unclear on where healthcare is headed

The Affordable Care Act and Sandoval's expansion of Medicaid in Nevada could also be Laxalt targets. He has been anything but shy in bashing the ACA, and it's unclear what would happen to that funding if Laxalt were to win next year. "I'm going to wait and see what happens in Washington before we make any decisions about where we're heading with health care in Nevada," Laxalt told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2018 Nevada gubernatorial race Nov 1, 2017

Susie Lee: Don't repeal Obamacare, make necessary changes

Lee said she feels strongly about the Affordable Care Act after watching her uninsured parents struggle with huge medical bills when her mom had a heart attack. They couldn't get coverage because of preexisting conditions. "The ACA to me was refreshingly a bipartisan solution to a problem that has been plaguing this country for years," she said. "But it's not perfect and I do think that things do need to be done to change it." She opposed any effort to repeal Obamacare.
Source: The Nevada Independent on 2018 NV-3 House race Sep 15, 2017

Dan Schwartz: Healthcare should be an economic right for all citizens

Schwartz said he believes the U.S. is a wealthy enough country that everybody should have health care as an "economic right." He says the cost issue still needs to be worked out. He thinks a good first step managing the costs would be to break the health-care system into 2--one side that deals with minor issues and another that deals with critical care. He said he would support federal health-care money coming to Nevada in the form of a block grant, where the state could design its own system.
Source: Nevada Independent on 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial race Sep 6, 2017

Steve Sisolak: ObamaCare has helped those in need

The enactment of the ACA and Medicaid expansion reduced uncompensated care from 40 percent to 11 percent at University Medical Center. Sisolak said, "When you see (people) are going to lose their mom or son, you can't put a dollar value on that. I think we as a commission and decent human beings need to do everything we can to make sure health care coverage is maintained for everyone, especially our most vulnerable population."
Source: Las Vegas Sun on 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial race Jul 31, 2017

Ruben Kihuen: Expand Medicaid to ensure that no American is uninsured

Reckless Republicans have tried time and time again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and throw millions of Americans back into a system that denies insurance for pre-existing conditions and leaves too many without affordable insurance options. Health care is a basic human right that must be protected.

I am proud to have fought for an expansion in Medicaid and the successful implementation of the ACA here in Nevada.

Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Bob Beers: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not working and we can't afford it

One of the targets for Beers, if he gets to Washington, is the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. He said he would vote to repeal it and doesn't believe the federal government has the authority to enact it. "There is no authority for it," he said. "It's not working and we can't afford it."
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal coverage of 2016 Nevada Senate race May 6, 2015

Catherine Cortez Masto: As A.G., refused to join lawsuit against ObamaCare

While Cortez Masto said she operated as a nonpartisan attorney general, Republicans have accused her of bringing politics into her decision-making. GOP critics point to her refusal to join a lawsuit with other states against the Affordable Care Act.

Cortez Masto defended her actions, saying she didn't see a direct Nevada interest in challenging Obamacare, which the U.S. Supreme Court found to be constitutional.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal coverage of 2016 Nevada Senate race Apr 30, 2015

Shelley Berkley: Kidney transplant center helps Nevada but helps husband too

Berkley launched an aggressive TV ad campaign to defend her efforts to save a kidney transplant center linked to her physician husband's business. The 30-second spot mentions an editorial in the Las Vegas Sun that said Berkley's advocacy "wasn't driven for personal gain. It was aimed at helping Nevadans." That echoes what Berkley has said.

Acting just as aggressively, Heller began airing a quick-hit TV ad to let voters know Berkley is accused of helping line her wealthy husband's pockets. "Shelley Berkley took care of herself. She got caught," says the Heller ad. It notes a watchdog group listed Berkley as one of the "most corrupt members of Congress" for not disclosing her husband's ties to the University Medical Center kidney transplant program and for promoting bills to help kidney doctors.

The escalating ad wars come after an announcement of a formal House Ethics Committee investigation. The persistent ethics cloud is a blow to Berkley's campaign.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2012 Nevada Senate Debate Jul 12, 2012

Shelley Berkley: Stop cuts to Medicare; no privatization for younger workers

Berkley went on the attack in her two new campaign commercials, slamming Heller for twice voting to "end Medicare as we know it." The new Berkley ad slams Heller for "actually attacking Berkley for trying to stop cuts to Medicare coverage for hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide."

The Berkley ad criticizes Heller for twice voting "to end Medicare as we know it," a popular Democratic charge against Republicans who want to privatize the program for younger workers.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal on 2012 Nevada Senate Debate Jul 12, 2012

Brian Sandoval: $874 decrease in public employees benefit plan

The Public Employees Benefit Plan (PEBP) announced today that as a result of legislation passed, PEBP's unfunded liability has decreased by $874 million. Other legislative changes made in 2011 eliminated future health care subsidies for new employees hired after 1/1/2012. While those savings are not included in the reductions above, it is estimated this change will save the PEBP system $235 million over the next 30 years.
Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294972116 Sep 20, 2011

Mark Amodei: Repeal ObamaCare; end lawsuit abuse

Source: 2012 House campaign website,www.amodei4nevada.com, "Issues" Sep 15, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Supports lawsuits against Obama health care bill

A Virginia Judge ruled the individual mandate to buy health insurance "exceeds constitutional boundaries of congressional power."

The constitutional question created by the health care bill is monumental in all future matters involving state's rights. The ruling provides support for the claim that the federal health care legislation is at least, in part, unconstitutional. I believe the constitutional questions involved in the federal health care legislation deserve a hearing by the US Supreme Court.

Source: Nevada 2010 gubernatorial press release, #4294971833 Dec 13, 2010

Harry Reid: Insurers' profit motive almost destroyed our economy

Health care was a primary point of discussion throughout the debate and Reid accused Angle--who conceded she does not believe there are any medical conditions for which there should be any government-mandated health coverage--of holding "very extreme" views.

"My opponent doesn't like any insurance companies to have to do anything," Reid said, emphasizing the candidate's opposition to funding for mammograms and colonoscopies.

"America is a country of choices, not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said of so-called "Obamacare," invoking a theme she cited frequently throughout the night. "The solution is simple: We need to get the government out."

"Insurance companies don't do things out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it out of a profit motive and they have almost destroyed our economy," Reid fired back.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Harry Reid: ObamaCare improved healthcare and also improved economy

Angle said "ObamaCare" would destroy Medicare in particular and the health care system in general. "America is a country of choices--not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said.

Reid countered that the health care overhaul would not only improve health care, but improve the economy, too. "We had to do health insurance reform to remain competitive in the world economy. And it creates jobs--thousands and thousands of jobs," Reid added.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: No medical conditions where coverage should be mandated

Health care was a primary point of discussion throughout the debate and Reid accused Angle--who conceded she does not believe there are any medical conditions for which there should be any government-mandated health coverage--of holding "very extreme" views.

"My opponent doesn't like any insurance companies to have to do anything," Reid said, emphasizing the candidate's opposition to funding for mammograms and colonoscopies.

"America is a country of choices, not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said of so-called "Obamacare," invoking a theme she cited frequently throughout the night. "The solution is simple: We need to get the government out."

"Insurance companies don't do things out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it out of a profit motive and they have almost destroyed our economy," Reid fired back.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: We're a country of choice; don't force people into insurance

Angle brought up the health care overhaul that Reid shepherded through the Senate. She said "ObamaCare" would destroy Medicare in particular and the health care system in general. "America is a country of choices--not forcing people to buy things that they don't need," Angle said.

Reid countered, "We had to do health insurance reform to remain competitive in the world economy. And it creates jobs--thousands and thousands of jobs," Reid added.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Barack Obama: Bring GOP & Dems together to make healthcare affordable

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ďIíll be a president who finally makes health care affordable to every single American by bringing Democrats and Republicans together. Iíll be a president who ends the tax break for companies that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle class tax cut into the pockets of working Americans. And Iíll be a president who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home. We are one nation and our time for change has come.Ē

Source: FactCheck's AdWatch on 2008 TV ad in Nevada, ďPresidentĒ Jan 17, 2008

Barack Obama: Problem isnít mandating coverage, but affording it

I do provide universal health care. The only difference between Clintonís plan and mine is that she thinks the problem for people without health care is that nobody has mandated, forced them to get health care. What I see are people who would love to have health care & canít afford it. My plan that makes sure that it is affordable to get health care as good as the health care that I have as a member of Congress. Thatís what the American people are looking for & what I intend to provide as president.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Health care tax credit ensures affordability

I helped to create the childrenís health insurance program back in 1997. I am totally committed to making sure every single child is covered. I provide a health care tax credit under my American Health Choices Plan so that every American will be able to afford the health care. I open up the congressional plan, but there is a big difference between Obama and me. He starts from the premise of not reaching universal health care.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes

Q: Gov. Vilsack said we donít have to increase taxes to pay for universal health care. Sen. Edwards say donít believe anyone who says that. Whoís right?

A: I would not increase taxes. The problem is the excessive costs of health care and the coverage. I would focus on preventive health care: like child obesity programs. But the big problem is the huge administrative costs of health care. 31% of the costs are administrative. A lot of it is waste. There are 50 Medicaid programs. They donít give the states the flexibility to run them.

What I like is what some states have done, and that is a Massachusetts-style plan with good benefits that basically says we facilitate it for employers and employees to get mandatory coverage.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Dennis Kucinich: Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies

Q: Candidates here have debated whether or not itís going to take raising taxes to pay for universal health care. What do you think?

A: This health care debate is one of the biggest frauds thatís been put on the American people. In 2000 and 2004, I brought forth a proposal, Medicare for All. Itís embodied in the Conyers-Kucinich bill. It provides for covering everyone. The big difference between what Iíve been talking about and all the other candidates are talking about is that my plan doesnít provide for a role for for-profit insurance companies. Our party really isnít legit on the issue of health care, because whenever you talk to these candidates, thereís always a role for the for-profit insurance companies. Do you know, almost 31% of the spending that goes for health care goes for the for-profit system -- corporate profits, stock options, executive salaries, advertising, marketing, the cost of paperwork.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term

Q: Many experts project that it would cost between $90 billion and $120 billion to actually achieve universal health care for everyone in America. Is comprehensive reform achievable financially?

A: We already spend more money than anybody else in the world, by about $800 billion, and we have 47 million uninsured. Weíre also at a competitive disadvantage because other countries either provide health care or donít, and our companies are trying to be competing in a global economy. So I want to figure out how we provide universal health care without putting billions more into the system. Letís get prescription drug prices down by negotiating with the drug companies, for example. I am going around the country, and Iím asking peopleís advice, then Iím going to be proposing a specific plan. You know, President Kennedy said in his inauguration that he wanted to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Well, I want to have universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better

You know, I have a little bit of experience in trying to reform health care. And I still have the scars to show for it. I needed some health care after that was over. And I am absolutely convinced this time weíre going to do it because the people that come to talk to me now theyíre CEOs of companies, theyíre doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. They know that if we donít change the system we have, itís going to continue hemorrhage money. Weíre going to have more uninsured people. Weíre going to have the fastest growing problem of people who are not going to get what they thought they paid for, and weíre going to continue to lose jobs. Theyíre going to be sent to other countries because weíre not being able to provide health care at a decent cost.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

John Edwards: Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we canít wait

Forty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech about the war in Vietnam. And he said there comes a place in Americaís history where silence is a betrayal, and we can no longer stand silent.

Silence is a betrayal in America today. We cannot stand silent on 47 million of our own people who desperately need health care coverage and have no health care coverage. I am the first candidate to come out with a detailed, substantive, truly universal health care plan for every man, woman and child in America. And I want to say to you I donít want to wait six or eight years to have universal health care. I want to start putting universal health care in place as soon as I am sworn into office in January of 2009, which is what America needs. We canít wait.

Anybody who tells you that theyíre going to have a universal health care plan, but they donít have to find a new revenue source to pay for it -- they might have a bridge in Brooklyn they want to sell you too.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost

[We can reduce healthcare costs by] curing incurable diseases. This is America. We can do great things. Letís pick out one or two diseases that are driving up health care costs and let us challenge ourselves as Americans in the next decade to eradicate those diseases. We did that when I was a kid with polio, and we saved more money in the health care system than the entire cost of the health care system.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage

Q: Do you think that itís going to be necessary to raise taxes to pay for health care?

A: We absolutely do need universal coverage. 47 million Americans do not have health insurance coverage, which means that they donít stop getting sick; they donít stop getting health care; they actually get it in the most ineffective and expensive way: in an emergency room. We can stop that, and we can create a more efficient health care system.

But it is much more than universal coverage. It is actually incorporating wellness into the system, at every level -- from the moment a child is born. So there are ways to do this without necessarily raising the tax burden on folks and certainly on working folks. You know, when working folks hear about tax increases, their interpretation is they may be next. And I think our party can do a better job being innovative and creative. We can look inside the budget.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare

Q: What are your plans for insuring the finances of Medicare?

A: Medicareís a much more difficult issue than Social Security. First and foremost, we have to stop paying for services and we have to start paying for results. We know today because we have inadequate data about our health care system, that in some communities youíre more likely to get surgically worked on for a back injury than I might in some other community. [We should] take data and information about what works and what was the most efficient way of providing health care. Thatís one strategy.

Another strategy is to make sure that we have a long-term care system that encourages people to stay in their homes with greater dignity, provides assisted living as an alternative, and only puts folks in nursing homes when they want to be and when they need to be. You can do a substantial amount of work in that regard.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Support individual states enforcing their coverage standards

US Senate Bill 1955 would allow small business groups to pool their memberships across state lines to obtain group health coverage. Under the legislation, the federal government would take away the powers of individual states to enforce minimum coverage standards for health insurance. Officials in Nevada and other states would be powerless to protect consumersí rights in the health care arena. It only makes matters worse and threatens the benefits many people already rely on.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

Kenny Guinn: Fund alternatives to long-term care for seniors

With the fastest growing senior population in the nation, Nevada must plan ahead. Therefore, I am requesting funding to study alternative living support, long-term care, and other programs to address our seniorsí needs effectively and efficiently into the future. But for those seniors who need our help today, I propose to increase Medicaid waivers by 40 percent to allow seniors to live in their communities and homes rather than hospitals.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Kenny Guinn: Double the funding for the disabled

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Kenny Guinn: Expand Senior Rx

With the Legislatureís help, I will expand Senior Rx, a program that addresses one of the most compelling needs faced by Nevadaís senior citizens -- prescription drug coverage. Two years ago, the Nevada Legislature voted unanimously to provide a subsidized prescription drug insurance plan for the stateís neediest seniors. Senior Rx was enacted while others argued about the issue. While Congress bickered, we acted. As of this month, we have received 1,400 applications for Senior Rx.

Some seniors will save hundreds of dollars a month. For others, this program isnít about savings -- itís about the difference between receiving your needed medicine or doing without. Senior Rx is working, and we must expand it. It is time to offer these life-saving benefits to more Nevadans in need.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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