FREEPRESCRIPTION DRUGDISCOUNT CARD AVAILABLE
I you aren’t eligible or EPIC, and are having troubleaording expensive prescription drugs, help may justbe a mouse click or a phone call away! The New YorkRX Card program is ree or everyone and providespharmacy discounts or both brand and genericmedications that average about 30 percent. Thereare no age or income restrictions, no waiting periods,no limits, no claim orms, and the card is acceptedat more than 56,000 pharmacies around the country,including most major chains.
To learn more about the program and to sign up,interested consumers may call 1-800-931-2297 orvisit the website at www.newyorkrxcard.com.
Thosewho visit the website are oered the opportunity tocreate and print their new discount card online.
this is a discount card, not prescriptiondrug insurance, although it can be used tosupplement most health insurance plans.
In addition to the
restorations made to the ElderlyPharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program,
the Legislature took some other actions to beneftseniors over the course o the 2012 session. Here are aew items o interest: —A total o $46.8 million, including an increase omore than $800,000, was provided in the State Budgetor the
Expanded In-Home Services or the ElderlyProgram (EISEP),
which helps older people who neednon-medical assistance stay in their homes;—$325,150 was added in the State Budget or the
Community Services or the Elderly (CSE) program,
which helps communities throughout New York betterrespond to the needs o local senior citizens. Theprogram will now receive a total o $15.6 million; —The
Naturally Occurring Communities (NOCs) andNaturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)
programs had cuts restored, and will be unded at$2.02 million each. These programs are designed tohelp groups o seniors “age in place” with supportiveservices and avoid unnecessary institutional care.—A new law (Chapter 40)
adds the Director o the StateOfce or the Aging to the New York State EmergencyServices Council.
In the event o an emergency, theAging Director would advise the Governor on how bestto address the needs o New York’s senior population.
SENIOR BILLSWAITING IN THE WINGS
As a member o the Senate Aging Committee, I havesponsored or co-sponsored a number o bills to helpolder New Yorkers aord their homes, receive goodhealth care, fnd employment and otherwise meettheir most pressing needs. Here are a ew pieces olegislation I’ve been advocating and would like to seeapproved by the Senate and Assembly:
This bill would
exclude Social Securitypayments and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)rom being counted as income or the Senior CitizenRent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program,
enablingmore elderly tenants to save money on their housingexpenses.
This legislation seeks to improve health care orall patients in hospitals and other health care acilitiesin New York by implementing the
“Sae PatientHandling Act.”
The bill requires that a statewide planbe adopted to ensure that all patients are handledsaely, using new technologies and best practices.Such a policy would help reduce injuries or patientsand health care sta alike.
Senator Addabbo joins with other Queens public ofcialsand advocates or the elderly in protesting proposedbudget cuts to senior centers in the borough.
2012SESSION HIGHLIGHTS FOR SENIORS
Senator Addabbo joins representativeso the ElderlyPharmaceuticalInsurance Coverage(EPIC) program at alecture he sponsoredat the WoodhavenRichmond Hill SeniorCenter to help seniorslearn more aboutchangesto EPIC.
—In anticipation o the implementation o ederalhealth care reorm in New York, Governor Cuomoissued an Executive Order earlier this year to
establisha New York State Health Beneft Exchange,
whichis required under ederal law and goes into eectin January, 2014. Basically, the Exchange createsan organized health insurance marketplace whereconsumers and small businesses will be able to shopor coverage and easily compare dierent health planoptions and receive certain tax credits.—A new law seeks to signifcantly
expand taxi service
in all fve boroughs o New York City and increase thenumber o
cabs that are equipped to be accessible orpeople with disabilities.
(Signed into law, Chapter 9)—Legislation seeks to ensure that
access aislesaround handicapped parking spaces are at least eighteet wide
in order to accommodate wheelchairs andother mobility devices used by the disabled. (Signedinto law, Chapter 274) —A new
Protection o People with Special Needs Act
is designed to overhaul and improve the state’s systemo providing care or people with special needs anddisabilities. The measure seeks to better protect andserve more than one million vulnerable children andadults in state operated, certifed or licensed acilities
and programs. (S.7749/A10721, will be sent
to Governor or review)