Republican says Governor Scott Walker's proposal for SeniorCare is dead

MADISON (AP) — The Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee says Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to require enrollees in the popular SeniorCare prescription drug program to first sign up for Medicare Part D coverage is dead.

Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Thursday that there is not support for the idea among Republicans in the Legislature. Nygren says the issue has also been a top priority for many who have spoken out against it at public hearings on the budget being held across the state.

The Legislature, under bipartisan opposition, killed a similar proposal from Walker in 2011.

SeniorCare serves about 85,000 people.