04/22/2013 02:50 EDT | Updated 06/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Seniors Drug Plan Changes Unfair, Demeaning, Say NDP

EDMONTON - Alberta's NDP says it's time the government comes clean on changes it's making that could drastically affect how much seniors pay for prescription drugs.

Party Leader Brian Mason says he worries the recently announced plan to introduce an income threshold for seniors' drug plans will mean the loss of drug coverage for thousands of vulnerable people.

Mason says even seniors who enjoy a decent to comfortable existence in retirement face severe hardship if they must pay for multiple medications.

Mason says the income thresholds are also another broken promise by Premier Alison Redford and Health Minister Fred Horne.

The NDP released letters from Horne and Redford to constituents previously promising not to introduce income thresholds for drug plans for seniors.

In her letter, Redford says subjecting seniors to means testing is a poor way to repay those who built the province.

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