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Stay up-to-date on federal and state legislative activities. Learn how AARP is fighting for you in Washington D.C. and right here at home.
Prescription Drugs
Labor, Health, Aging and Community Groups Join AARP to Support Comprehensive Legislative Package to Stop Prescription Drug Greed
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AARP Urging Governor to Propose Caregiver Tax Credit ALBANY, N.Y. - About 2.5 million family caregivers provided an estimated 2.1 billion hours of unpaid care - worth a staggering $31 billion - to their parents, spouses, partners, and friends across New York State in 2017, according to state data available in the latest report of AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series.
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AARP New York is here to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month this November – with resources to help those who care for older loved ones and a strong agenda to help ease the financial strain of caregiving.
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It’s well known that prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in America. Price increases for brand name drugs have far exceeded the rate of inflation since at least 2006, according to AARP’s Rx Price Watch report. And, the average annual cost for just one brand name drug taken on a chronic basis was about $6,800 in 2017, almost $1,000 more than in 2015. However, it’s not just patients paying for greedy Big Pharma practices that help keep drug prices high— it’s also taxpayers.
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Gas Delivery Rates Would Jump as Much as 40% Under Joint Proposal by Con Ed, State Regulatory Staff ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject a $1.2 billion Consolidated Edison rate hike agreement between the utility company and PSC staff – which would raise gas delivery rates by 25% to 40% and electric delivery rates by 15%.
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Tens of millions of Americans rely every day on prescription drugs to maintain their health and continue to live active and productive lives. That includes nearly 4 million New Yorkers with cancer, diabetes or heart disease. It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest brand name prescription drug prices in the world and that many older Americans have to choose between filling their prescriptions and buying food.
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The AARP NY Corner and Univision 41 discuss how to correctly count all the inhabitants of the country, and what job opportunities in the 2020 Census Bureau are available. It's important that everyone knows how vital it is to participate and how much of an impact it could make in our community.
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36 Patient/Consumer/Doctor Organizations Urge Governor to Sign Bill Stopping Mid-Year Rx Out-of-Pocket Cost HikesCancer, Diabetes, Heart, Liver, Lung, Physician Groups Join AARP in Calling to Protect Health Plan Enrollees From Mid-Contract Increases ALBANY, N.Y. – A broad range of organizations representing patients, consumers and doctors is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve a bill that would protect health plan members from increases in out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in the middle of a contract year.
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Governor urged to back budget proposals
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - AARP New York leaders joined dozens of AARP state directors and volunteers from across the country in Washington, D.C. this week to urge federal lawmakers to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices.
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