2009-05-01 / Top Stories

Pheffer Makes Prescription Card Available

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) is pleased to announce that the New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications for the new, free New York Prescription $aver Card. The program will offer participants significant discounts on thousands of prescription medications, providing savings of more than 60 percent on generic drugs and 30 percent on brand name drugs. The program began on April 1, 2009.

"We need to make sure everyone has access to the health care they need, and making prescription drugs more affordable is a critical part of the plan," said Pheffer. "Drug prices can be outrageous, and if you need a certain medication but you can't afford it, you're put in a terrible and potentially life-threatening spot. We need to make sure people can afford their meds so they can manage their health and live long, healthy, productive lives."

The Prescription $aver Card program, which the Assembly passed last year (Ch. 58 of 2008), will serve low-income New Yorkers who are disabled or are between the ages of 50 and 64. To be eligible for this benefit, the annual income must be $35,000 or less for single individuals or $50,000 or less for married individuals. Medicaid recipients or those enrolled in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program are not eligible for the Prescription $aver Card.

If you are interested in receiving an application for the Prescription $aver Card, you may stop by either of Assemblywoman Pheffer's offices at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach or 108-14 Crossbay Boulevard, Ozone Park. To learn more about the Prescription $aver Card program or to apply online visit nyprescriptionsaver.fhsc. com or call 1-800-788-6917. TTY users should call 1-800-290-9138. Applications are also available at pharmacies.

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