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Long Island Seniors Rally for Rx Affordable Prescription Drugs and Cell Phone Protections

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The members are also calling for action on the NYS Wireless Consumer Protection Act, sponsored by Senator John J. Flanagan (R-Smithtown). The bill will require cell phone companies to provide more detailed maps of where a cell phone works. The bill will also require companies to disclose all fees and will allow customers to cancel their contracts after receiving their first bill, without paying a penalty.

"AARP commends Senator Flanagan for sponsoring this much needed consumer protection bill. Most seniors buy a cell phone to use in case of an emergency. Improved maps and disclosures will allow them to know whether or not their phone will work in a certain area," said Bill Hall, a Setauket resident and Volunteer Regional Coordinator for AARP on Long Island. "In addition, many people on fixed incomes are finding themselves locked into unaffordable contracts because the amount billed is frequently higher than the advertised price."


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