Navigation Links
State Budget Preserves State Pharmacy Program for Seniors (EPIC)
Date:3/31/2009

ALBANY, N.Y., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director:

AARP commends Governor Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Smith and Assembly Speaker Silver for negotiating a final state budget that preserves a major benefit under one of New York's most beneficial programs for seniors, EPIC. The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program was in danger of losing more than $50 million in "wrap around" coverage, which pays for an EPIC enrollee's prescription drugs when the drugs are not covered by a Medicare Part D plan.

This proposal could have had a negative impact on hundreds of thousands of low-income and elderly New Yorkers who rely on the EPIC program. What's more, eliminating the EPIC "wrap around" coverage could have cost New York State significantly more in the long run. Not taking medication as directed by a health care professional can lead to an increased risk of declining health, increased visits to the emergency rooms, and increased admissions to nursing homes -- costing the health care system more.

No one should have to walk away from the pharmacy counter without the prescription drugs they need. By restoring wrap around coverage, the state is living up to its promise to one of its most vulnerable populations.

The average EPIC enrollee is a 78-year-old man or woman who takes four prescription medications. Since the state partnered EPIC with Medicare Part D, the state has realized significant savings. Before this partnership, taxpayers were paying close to $1 billion to fund EPIC. The cost of the EPIC program today is a little over $468 million.

For more than 20 years, New York State has provided excellent prescription drug coverage to seniors in need through the EPIC program. It is a fundamental mission of AARP to ensure prescription drug affordability for all. On behalf of AARP and our tens of thousands of members who joined us in opposing these cuts, we thank our state leaders for ensuring that the EPIC program will continue its long tradition of serving New York's vulnerable elderly.

AARP has over 2.5 million members in New York State. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; Segunda Juventud, our quarterly newspaper in Spanish; Live and Learn, our quarterly newsletter for National Retired Teachers Association members; and our Web site, www.aarp.org. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


'/>"/>
SOURCE AARP New York State
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Pennsylvania State Department of Health Announces Three Cases of Measles in Southwest Region
2. Free Community Seminar; Reviews Treatment Options for Enlarged Prostate
3. Greenway Medical Technologies Begins Offering State-of-the-Art Research Platform, PrimeResearch
4. CareFusion Corporation Files Form 10 Registration Statement
5. Stanford Study on CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Prostate Cancer Demonstrates 100 Percent PSA Response at 33 months
6. Boehringer Ingelheim Plans to Launch U.S. Registry to Assess the State of Anticoagulation Therapy for Stroke Prevention in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
7. Alexandria Real Estate Equities Provides Update
8. Prostate Cancer Patients in US and Europe Receive Treatments Using Enhanced Seed Prostate Brachytherapy Software
9. United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Rules in Smith & Nephews Favor and Confirms Patent Claims Infringed by Arthrex Inc.
10. GPhA Statement on the Introduction of the Bipartisan Senate Biogenerics Consensus Bill: Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act
11. Wayne State University Scientists ID New Biomarker for Prostate Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/27/2017)... Neb. (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... was named the 2017 North American CAREGiverSM of the Year for her extraordinary ... selects one of its 60,000 North American professional caregivers for the prestigious award ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Are you investing in the safety of your friends and ... the summer. While most of us assume this type of accident will never happen ... people are taking the time to learn how to respond effectively or prevent these ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2017 , ... Journal ... adults. It can have severe consequences to overall dental health, including complications with speech, ... often turn to dental implants to replace lost teeth. As the number of tooth ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Elisabete Miranda, president and ... by Enterprising Women magazine as one of its 2017 Enterprising Women of the ... Winners have demonstrated that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... RawTrition now brings you BioEnergy ... get nutrients from SUPERFOODS! , RawTrition is taking nutrients to the next ... because the body recognizes its raw form (unlike the synthetically made options that are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... YORK , April 19, 2017 ... This report on the prostate cancer therapeutics ... the global market. Increasing prevalence of prostate cancer, ... innovation in the development of new drugs & ... prostate cancer drug due to lesser side effects ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... PUNE, India , April 19, 2017 ... Type and Application, Forecast to 2022 report has covered and ... provides statistics and information on market size, shares and growth ... with major drivers, challenges and opportunities in the global market. ... Browse 152 Tables and ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 ... an immune response in pets such as canine, ... are of various types such as Attenuated Live ... Vaccines, DNA Vaccines and Recombinant Vaccines. Attenuated live ... virus or bacteria, which have been weakend under ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: