PURPOSE: This public hearing will accept oral and written testimony regarding S.1645, Diaz, et.al., which will allow New York State employees and retirees several options to obtain prescription drugs through a Canadian mail order company.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will chair a Senate Committee on Aging Public Hearing on Thursday, May 14, at 250 Broadway, NYC, 19th Floor at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will accept oral and written testimony from the public regarding S.3340 (Diaz, et al), which seeks to fully fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Home Delivered Meals for senior citizens.
How can this Program help?The Pfizer MAINTAIN Program (Medicines Assistance for Those who Are In Need) provides free Pfizer medicines to qualified patients, delivered right to their home. This newly created program can help eligible patients who have recently become unemployed and are currently uninsured continue receiving their Pfizer medicines.
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz is pleased that Senate Bill S3340A (Diaz, et.al.) was voted out of the Aging Committee during this morning’s meeting and has been reported to the Finance Committee with the hope of being voted on by the Senate this session. The goal of this legislation is to eliminate waiting lists for home delivered meals and to reduce the financial burden on local counties, many of whom subsidize this state program with local taxpayer dollars.
Dear Congressman Waxman:As Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, I am deeply concerned that a provision that targets senior citizens in Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 may preempt New York State rules and practices. This proposed federal health care legislation’s impact upon the elderly citizens of New York State needs to be sensitive to what may be considered a “state’s rights” issue, which may be best dealt with at the state level, and not imposed by Washington.