Issues: EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR OCTOBER 9TH

Event to Feature More than 50 Exhibitors

State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on October 9th.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SEN. RITCHIE'S FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR

The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—will feature more than 50 organizations.

“Not only are seniors living longer, they’re living healthier too,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Offering health screenings, opportunities to talk with health professionals, giveaways and so much more, this event is a great resource for seniors in our area who are looking to improve their well-being and stay active.”

Those interested in preregistering can do so here.

Earlier this month, more than 1,000 people attended Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. In addition to her Jefferson and Oswego County events, Senator Ritchie will also host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair in St. Lawrence County on October 23rd.

September 30, 2013
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RITCHIE ATTENDS JEFFERSON COUNTY SENIOR PICNIC

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined North Country seniors recently at the annual Jefferson County Office for the Aging annual picnic at Westcott Beach State Park. 

Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Peter Fazio of Jefferson County Office for the Aging and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush.

 

 

July 31, 2013
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EPIC Coverage Available for Seniors

On January 1, 2013, the NYS Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program had many prescription benefits restored. EPIC will provide expanded coverage for those enrolled in Medicare Part D drug plans throughout the year instead of just in the Part D coverage gap. This change will result in additional savings for members to purchase needed medications.

EPIC members must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan in order to receive benefits.  EPIC will provide secondary prescription coverage for Medicare Part D and EPIC covered drugs after any Medicare Part D deductible is met.  Additionally, EPIC will also cover many Part D excluded drugs.  EPIC co-payments will continue to be $3, $7, $15 and $20.

June 17, 2013
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Ranzenhofer: State Budget helps seniors

The 2013-14 State Budget fully funds the EPIC prescription drug program, helping 270,000 seniors with the high costs of their prescription drugs. The State Budget also delivers $912 million in property tax relief to senior homeowners as part of the Enhanced STAR program. 

March 28, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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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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