State Budget Preserves State Pharmacy Program for Seniors (EPIC)
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
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
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
For more than 20 years,
AARP has over 2.5 million members in
SOURCE AARP New York State
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