A top Trump administration lawyer reportedly said a plan to send $200 prescription-drug coupons to seniors may be illegal
- The Health and Human Services Department's top lawyer has described concerns that the
Trump administration's plan to send prescription-drug coupons to seniors could violate election laws, Politico reported.
- Though many would receive the coupons after the November 3 presidential election, the Trump administration reportedly wanted to send letters describing the effort to 39 million seniors this week.
- Trump-administration officials had previously said the plan may violate rules on federal spending and Medicare-related tests, Politico reported.
Robert Charrow, general counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in an internal memo that President
Trump announced the initiative in September, and his administration reportedly wanted to send letters describing the effort to millions of 39 million seniors this week. Many of those eligible for the $200 coupons would receive them after the November 3 presidential election, Politico reported.Charrow reportedly described concerns with the initiative's proximity to the election and told members of the Trump administration to consult the Department of Justice's public integrity section about the plan. Even before Charrow's memo, officials had said the plan may violate rules on federal spending and Medicare-related tests, Politico reported.
Many health officials in the Trump administration were reportedly surprised when Trump announced the plan, which Politico said has lost momentum over the past two weeks. Administration members have become hesitant to appear closely involved with the initiative, Politico reported, with one telling the website the plan "is quickly becoming radioactive."Senior Trump-administration officials had said the coupons could provide insight into whether giving
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