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Seniors lobby to keep prescription benefit

Discount hinges on Tuesday budget announcement

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Low-income seniors are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget address on Tuesday includes continued support for their prescription drug expenses. About 300,000 seniors are paying no more than a $20 copayment for medications during the first three months of the year as part of the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program, which had its copayment assistance partially funded in the last state budget. This assistance, which is estimated to cost the state about $120 million ...


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