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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY MOHER LIFE DECK THE HALLS rush to ready houses preparing for the annual New Braunfals Republican Women Christmas Home Tour Page IB New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 M Game goes down to the wire in Smithson Valleys 7976 Win over the San Marcos Rattlers 5A FRONT and CENTER Vol 153 No 9 t4 pages 2 sections DEAfrABBY 46 Showers possible High Low 72 45 Details 28 COMICS 3B CKOSSWOfiD IB FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A Senate passes measure seniors hope will Ease the pain of drus costs L Plan wont i take effect until 2006 From Staff and Wire Reports Sen ate Tuesday approved the most sweeping changes to Medicaresince its creation in 1965 including a new pre scription drug benefit for 40 million older and disabled Americans The 5444 vote sends the bill to President George W Bush who is eager to sign it into law Rep Lamar Smith R San Antonio voted for the bill Its not a perfect Smith said Tues day after noon I voted for it because in the long who nave to pay high pricestor prescription drugs Itll biCsubstantial for seniors who now have toJpay hun dreds and thousands of dol lars and in some cases cant Prescription costs not previously covered by Medicare have been rising at two to three times the infla tion rate Supporters said the bil lion mpasure which gives pri vate insurers alarge new role inhealth care for seniors was a long overdue change for the 38yearold Medicare pro gram Drug coverage wont begin until 2006 although seniors next year will be able to pur drjag discount car4 officials said could reduce pharmacy bills by 15 to 25 per cent ivsSenjprs fyyiU finally have the prescription drug coverage they need andi the choices they Senate Majority Deader SiJIFrist said Ht the same time it preserves See MEDICARE Page 3A DAVID Lbyce Thomas right talks with Walgreens service clerk Stacy Moreno while paying for her pre says she spends at least a month Walgreens official Bill a step in right direction By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Loyce Thomas doesnt know if shell be around long enough to benefit from Medicare changes about to be signed into law Moreover she doesnt know if anyone else will benefit either It sounded like mere were too many gives and takes too many pros and cons she said Tuesday afternoon while waiting for two prescrip tions to be filled at the New Braunfels Walgreens Ifll he good arid bad like thing Thomas s not gping to be Thomas QfCjnypn Lake gets seven prescriptions filled each month She uses a supplemental policy she got through the Amer ican Association of Retired Per sons Still she pays more than per month outpfppcket Thafs off Securi she said Thomass cautious attitude was shared Tuesday by health care industry officials Miehael Poiqin Walgreens spokesman said it was early to comment on the bills particu lars because the regulations that would put it into effect have not been written We have some reservations but we do support it because its an important first step to Polciri said Right now our sen ior patients have few legitimate alternatives to make prescrip tions more affordable This bill at least begins the process of addressing their Walgreens biggest concern Polcin said is that while the bill has language to protect patients rights to use their neighborhood pharmacy as opposed to getting prescriptions by mail it might not go fei enough McKenna Memorial Hospital officials did not return phone callsseekjng comment Guadalupe wont help CTTC Officials loss wont set project back By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Guadalupe County commissioners Tuesday opted out of a funding pledge for the Central Texas Technology Center The decision comes after Guadalupe County commission ers joined New Braunfels Seguin and Comal County officials in breaking ground on the project in April Lake many local governments Guadalupe County is feeing finan cial problems Its a little Buttheyarenottakingaproac incredulous tiye approach to dealing with the Meek plecaiiride in the wagon and not help puU it MICHAEL MEEK chamber of commerce president Chamber of Commerce president Our philosophy is to invest in things that will increase our rev Meek said Guadalupe County is facing a similar situation as New Braun fels Theresidential tax base is growing faster than the commer cial tax base Meek said The CTTC would help to change that he said It would have been a wise investment for them to Meek said Its a little incredulous to think peo ple can ride in the wagon and not help pull The center which will cost million will open to students in May 2004 with basic classes and will offer a number of technologybased framing opportuni ties next fall The decision will affect Guadalupe Countys involvement in the project because it will not have a place on the CTTC board When it comes to making choices on the center the people of Guadalupe County will not have a seat at the New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said When commissioners discussed giving the in cash or inkind construction the former Guadalupe County court was in its budget process Meek said The new court was simply not as supportive It was never a formal thing because of the Meek said To me this is a bump in the road that has no impact on the success of the Guadalupe County Precinct 2 Commissioner Cesareo Guadarrama asked the court to pay the reminding the court CTTC representatives approached See CTTC Page 3A TALKING TURKEY Annual Thanksgiving Feast 11 to pm Community Center m 135 New Braunfels Restaurants churches provide meal options Pinner 11 to lady of Perpetual Help Church 13SW Austin Street 625 Qjfiviry sary 10 From Stiff Reports IfNewSmunfelsCTgflnd t invited tw fewtt g celebrate bv chjjrehesmd ustm ttafc m rptswipffersmeaJwithaJl PSyjngcujtewefscaiienjoy buffet at Ryans Family ingflwotoKijom 11 am to Turkey dressing candied PeUvery will be available and aJi ttimmjng for those wrw cant mate it to wOJ be available 10 am ip 7 the events
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