Gerry Rogers Question Period (06.07.2012)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's Centre.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, seniors have contacted us saying that their 65Plus drug cards were cancelled because they were no longer eligible for –

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MS ROGERS: – the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MS ROGERS: Maybe they did not do their taxes in time to get the GIS, or maybe their income was a few dollars over the $16,368 cut off.

I ask the Minister of Health and Community Services: When will her department do the right thing and stop tying eligibility for a provincial program to a federal one, and be fair to seniors by making this 65Plus Plan available to all seniors?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Health and Community Services.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, in this Province we have unquestionably one of the best programs for seniors with regard to drug coverage that we are going to find anywhere.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Mr. Speaker, the member opposite was in this House when we debated the legislation and when we looked at generics, and what we have in this Province now is a situation where seniors who were covered under the NLPDP do not pay any more than $6 per prescription. That is something that I think demonstrates our commitment to the seniors of this Province.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. member has time for a quick question.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister: Will she introduce a policy that people who are denied eligibility for one drug program, like the 65Plus Program and are denied, that they automatically get information about other programs that they are entitled to?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Health and Community Services – a quick answer.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, all of that information is available on our Web site and many people who move from one program to another program know how to find that information. Mr. Speaker, there are people who are no longer eligible from time to time for one program who do meet the eligibility criteria for another program, as in the Assurance Program, Mr. Speaker. That is all available –

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

I am sorry; the time for Question Period has expired.

Associated Caucus Members: 

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