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AARP Urges Governor to Use Budget to Maintain Quality of Life For Aging New Yorkers
Date:2/2/2009

consumer protections and disclosures provided under the ALRA. These benefits include a comprehensive individualized service plan, a uniform residency agreement, and the ability of the assisted living resident to age in place.

No Budget Cuts to EPIC Insurance Coverage

Oppose the elimination of the EPIC wrap around coverage. Currently, EPIC wrap around coverage pays for prescription drugs that Medicare Part D does not. The average EPIC enrollee is 78 years old and on four prescriptions. Under this proposal, older persons may not get the medicine they need and could walk away from the pharmacy counter empty handed.

EPIC currently provides coverage to approximately 320,000 low to middle income seniors across New York State. New York State has saved more than $400 million dollars over the last four years, since it was combined with Medicare Part D. Creating and maintaining access to affordable prescription drugs is important for all New Yorkers as it is well documented that people cost the health care system more when they do not take the medication they need.

AARP has over 2.6 million members in New York State. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of
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