Patty Ritchie's posts related to Epic (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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.

 

 

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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.

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MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

More than 300 people packed the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. 

Seniors in attendance had the opportunity access free tips and tools for living a healthy and active lifestyle from more than 50 local organizations in attendance.  A free lunch, made possible by Pathfinder Bank, Hudsons' Dairy, Ontario Orchards, Behling Orchards, Dunkin’ Donuts  and prepared by BOCES students was also provided. Transportation was sponsored by Entergy.

“I’m thrilled that so many seniors were able to attend Wednesday’s event, which featured everything from free flu shots to giveaways,” said Senator Ritchie. “This event is truly a one stop shop for any senior who is looking to access more information about improving their well-being.”

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CALLING ALL SENIORS: RITCHIE TO HOST ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

Event to Take Place October 23rd in Ogdensburg

 

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.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER (IT SAVES TIME ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!)

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.

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SENATE BUDGET EXPANDS PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

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. 

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