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California To Sue Over Federal Prescription Drug Plan

Sacramento, CA — California will be heading to court over the federal government´s new prescription drug plan.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer says the state will sue the federal government because the Medicare funding program, in place since the beginning of the year, has already cost the state $150 million in emergency prescription help.

Lockyer says the federal plan could end up costing Californians more than $750 million over the next three years. Governor Schwarzenegger says he fully supports the pending challenge.

State legislators have been told at least three other states, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas, will probably join the lawsuit against the prescription drug plan. A spokesman for the U-S Justice Department declined to comment on the legal challenge.