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Wis. budget panel to consider SeniorCare's future

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's budget-writing committee is considering whether to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposed changes to the popular SeniorCare prescription drug program.

Top Republicans have said they won't go along with Walker's proposal to require enrollees in SeniorCare to first sign up for Medicare Part D.

Last week Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and budget committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling both said the program would be kept as-is.  The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to do just that.

Walker proposed the change as a way to save about $15 million.

But Democrats seized on the issue and presented petitions they said contained 14,000 signatures in support of keeping the program as is.

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