Issues: EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM, ANNOUNCE SENATE ROUNDTABLE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF “COMPLACENT” OMIG

Call to Action Comes in the Wake of Congressional Report on Alleged Waste, Fraud and Mismanagement Within NY Medicaid Program, Inaction of OMIG, Resulting in Potential Loss of Billions in Federal Dollars

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate Republican Conference today called for an immediate independent audit of New York State’s Medicaid program and announced a forthcoming joint roundtable meeting of the Senate Health and Investigations Committees to investigate allegations of complacency and inaction by the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG).

February 25, 2013
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February 14, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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ADDABBO BRINGS “EPIC CHANGES IN JANUARY 2013,” LECTURE TO OZONE PARK SENIORS ON FEBRUARY 7

Queens, NY, January 22, 2013NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is co-sponsoring a “Changes to EPIC”  lecture at 1 PM on February 7 at Nativity B.V.M./St.

January 22, 2013
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EPIC lecture

A rep from NYS EPIC program will be at the Nativity/St Stans Seniors meeting

on Thursday, February 7th at 1 PM to explain the changes to EPIC in 2013.

The location is in the Nativity BVM basement

101-41 91st Street, Ozone Park

February 7, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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ADDABBO HELPS GLENDALE SENIORS UNDERSTAND JANUARY 2013 CHANGES TO EPIC

From August through October, the senator sponsored a series of lectures at senior centers in his district covering the changes to New York’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) prescription-drug program, now that the 2012-13 state budget restored $30.6 million, that will affect EPIC members starting January 1, 2013.

October 24, 2012
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EPIC: Helping New York State Seniors Stay Healthy

Seniors with questions about EPIC—the newly restored program which helps low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs—could get them answered at Senator Ritchie's Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Oswego County.

October 22, 2012
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STANDING UP FOR OUR SENIORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

From sitting down with seniors for coffee at Meadowview Apartments in Central Square, to talking with veterans at an annual ham dinner in Dexter, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to the concerns of the older residents living in our region.

One of the biggest opportunities for chatting up seniors was at my Senior Health and Wellness Fairs, held recently in Central and Northern New York.  The events, which attracted more than 2,000 seniors, were held in Jefferson, Oswego and for the very first time ever, in St. Lawrence County.

October 22, 2012
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NEARLY 300 SENIORS ATTEND RITCHIE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

Special Guest Aging Committee Chair Senator David Valesky on Hand for EPIC Q&A Forum

Nearly 300 Central New York seniors packed Fulton’s War Memorial on Thursday, taking part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair, which was co-hosted by Assemblyman Will Barclay. 

Special guest Senator David Valesky, Chair of the Senate’s Aging Committee, was on hand at the event for a Q&A session on EPIC, the newly restored program which helps low-income seniors—including more than 10,000 in Senator Ritchie’s district—with the cost of their prescription drugs. 

October 11, 2012
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR THURSDAY

Q&A on EPIC Program Hosted by Sen. David Valesky, Free Lunch,

Entertainment by “Anybody’s Guess”

Seniors with questions about the state’s EPIC prescription drug program can get them answered at Senator Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair, being held on Thursday October 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fulton’s War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway. 

Special guest Senator David Valesky, Chair of the Senate’s Aging Committee, will co-host a Q&A forum on EPIC, the newly restored program which helps low-income seniors—including more than 10,000 in Senator Ritchie’s district—with the cost of their prescription drugs. 

October 10, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HOST SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR OCTOBER 11TH

Special Guest on Hand to Answer Questions About EPIC Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday October 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fulton’s War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway. 

At the event, seniors will have the opportunity to receive tips and tools for living a healthy lifestyle from 60 exhibitors.  A free lunch will also be served. 

October 4, 2012
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SENIORS ATTEND RITCHIE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

First Annual Event Held in St. Lawrence County

Seniors were able to get health and wellness tips Wednesday at Senator Ritchie’s first-ever St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

The event, which was held at Odd Fellows Hall in Ogdensburg, featured more than 60 organizations.

October 3, 2012
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October 2, 2012
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1,000 Seniors Attend Ritchie Health Fair

1,000 seniors turned out for the 2d Annual Senator Ritchie Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held at the Watertown Fairgounds Arena. The event featured free information, health checks and giveaways--all aimed at heping seniotrs stay healthy and active.

Two more Senior fairs are planned for Oct. 3 in Ogdensburg, and Oct. 11 in Fulton.

For more information, click here.

 

September 17, 2012
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EPIC Update from Senator Farley

This past year, we were successful in restoring funding to the EPIC program, which assists low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs. I helped establish this program, and restoring these funds was an important priority for me.

These budget restorations will significantly benefit eligible seniors, and will result in the restoration of the two plan system: the EPIC fee program and the EPIC deductible plan.

The Health Department will be contacting all current EPIC members about these changes, so please keep an eye out for a letter from them.

September 13, 2012
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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SENIOR YEARS

From picnics to parades, this summer I have had the privilege of meeting a number of our region’s senior citizens at events throughout Central and Northern New York.

At these events, one thing stood out.  Many of our area’s senior citizens are in their prime—still living very active lifestyles. 

August 31, 2012
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