Issues: EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

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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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS SENIOR LECTURE SERIES WITH NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S MEDICARE-EPIC PROGRAM: “EPIC CHANGES COMING IN JANUARY 2013”

Queens, NY, August 29, 2012NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is co-sponsoring a lecture series, “Changes to EPIC,” with a representative from the NYS Department of Health’s Medicare-EPIC Program, Gema Diaz. The ongoing series will continue to run in September and October at various senior centers or AARP chapters in the senator’s district and covers 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.

August 29, 2012
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Mobile Office Hours in Middle Village

Monday, October 22nd - Mobile Office Hours

Middle Village Library – 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue,

Middle Village

October 22, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Changes to EPIC lecture in Middle Village

Tuesday, October 16th - ‘Changes to EPIC’ lecture

Middle Village Senior Center – 69-10 75th Street,

Middle Village

October 16, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Changes to EPIC lecture in Glendale sponsored by Senator Addabbo

Thursday, October 11th - ‘Changes to EPIC’ lecture

Sacred Heart Golden Age – 83-17 78th Avenue, Glendale

Noon

October 11, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
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Chages to EPIC lecture in Ridgewood sponsored by Senator Addabbo

Tuesday, October 2nd - ‘Changes to EPIC’ lecture

Ridgewood Older Adult Center - 59-14 70th Avenue, Ridgewood

11 AM

October 2, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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