State tries to recoup prescription costs
Maryland is asking the federal government to reimburse its costs for trying to straighten out difficulties with the new senior citizen prescription medication plan called Medicare Part D. The state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it is gathering information, awaiting final details of recoverable costs and calculating expenses, but an extremely rough estimate of its request would be about $1 million. The state assisted 1,600 confused callers and refilled more than 90 emergency prescriptions since the Jan. 1 start of the program. "Administrative costs are the bulk of what the state of Maryland is going to be requesting," said Jeff Gruel, director of the Maryland Pharmacy Program.
Capital News Service
Washington Co.: Hagerstown
GOP mayor resigns without explanation
Mayor Richard F. Trump abruptly resigned yesterday, less than nine months after he was elected. In a letter to the Hagerstown City Council, the Republican mayor wrote, "As of February 1, 2006, I respectfully resign the position of Mayor. I respect your understanding in this manner and will be glad to cooperate with any matters." Trump, 60, did not return messages seeking comment. In the May 17 election, Trump defeated first-term Democrat William Breichner, becoming the only Republican among an all-Democratic City Council. Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Trump offered no explanation for his resignation.