Governor Cuomo’s budget holds some good news for New York’s aging population, and AARP is pleased it preserves crucial programs helping New Yorkers lead healthier lives and encourages more, and much needed, oversight of the electric utility industry.
Investing sufficient resources in services that help New York’s caregiving families needs to be a priority in our State. Services like respite care and adult day care help contain costs and delay, or prevent, nursing home and emergency room care.
Hundreds of thousands of New York’s seniors count on EPIC to afford the medication they need to stay healthy as they age. Take action today!
Seniors in the state’s EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) program who struggled to afford their prescription drugs after budget cuts to the program, will see some relief for at least the first three months of 2013. The Governor and Legislature restored funding for critical co-payment assistance in this year’s state budget, starting January 1, 2013, but for funding to continue beyond March 31, 2013, the program will have to be fully funded in the state’s 2013-2014 budget.
Join us as we cover the latest post-election news on issues that concern New Yorkers over the age of 50. We will preview what to expect next year on the state and federal landscape including Social Security, Medicare, energy affordability and caregiving. Please RSVP at 1-877-926-8300 or at the event link below if one is provided.
AARP New York’s state legislative priorities include safeguarding New Yorkers’ access to quality, affordable health care and prescription coverage. By the year 2030, the number of older New Yorkers is expected to increase by 65 percent. The legislative session in Albany drew to a close in late June. AARP’s volunteers and members fought to ensure policies adopted allow New Yorkers to age with dignity, independence and security.
As America’s population continues to age, tasks such as reaching for a can of soup on the top shelf or getting in the front door with groceries has become more of a challenge for some people.
Last month, AARP and WCNY convened a community forum about Social Security and Medicare featuring a wide range of local and national leaders as well as the public. This forum allowed the community to discuss these issues as part of AARP’s You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation about strengthening health and retirement security.
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