State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place on Wednesday October 23rd at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows Hall.
The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.—will feature dozens of local organizations, offering health screenings, giveaways, and flu shots as well as lunch and entertainment, both sponsored by Senator Ritchie. Those looking to receive a flu shot are reminded to bring their Medicare and insurance ID to the event.
Protects EPIC Program That Nearly 10,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers Depend On
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that the Senate’s budget proposal includes an expansion to a program designed to provide relief to low-income seniors struggling with cost of life-saving prescription drugs.
Included in the spending plan is $2 million to increase the income limits for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program, commonly known as EPIC. Income limits for EPIC—which helps seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs—have not been changed since 2001.
“For seniors, skyrocketing prescription drug costs are a major concern, as many individuals find it hard to afford the medications they need to stay healthy” said Senator Ritchie.
Budget Raises Income Eligibility for EPIC program for the First Time Since 2001
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget includes increased support for seniors struggling to afford life-saving prescription medications.
Included in the new spending plan is an expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program—commonly known as EPIC—which helps seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. Approximately $4.1 million in increased funding will be used to help expand the program by 10 percent—providing coverage to an additional 25,000 elderly individuals across the state.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging seniors in Central and Northern New York to mark their calendars for her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fairs.” This year’s fairs—which feature new locations for the Oswego and Jefferson County events, as well as more vendors than ever before—will take place in the coming weeks and offer local seniors access to free health checks, flu shots, tips for improving well-being, lunch, entertainment and more.
The first event will take place in Oswego County on September 24th at the Fulton Ice Arena (605 W. Broadway Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will feature nearly 50 vendors and free transportation will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities. A transportation schedule can be found here. This year’s event will also feature lunch prepared and served by “future chefs” who are currently studying at Oswego County BOCES. Click here for a list of organizations attending the event.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New Yorkers she will be hosting her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fair” Wednesday in Oswego County from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Fulton Ice Arena, located at 605 West Broadway Street next to the Fulton War Memorial.
The free event will feature health screenings, wellness tips, lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County CiTi, entertainment and more. Flu shots will be provided, and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information. Transportation to the event will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities and a bus schedule can be found here.