Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today announced that the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program has been restored to $152.5 million in this year’s 2012-13 State Budget. EPIC is a free New York state program that helps more than 280,000 income-eligible seniors supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.
“Thousands of seniors rely on and use this program every year to help pay for their out-of-pocket drug costs,” said Reilich. “This is too important of an issue to go unannounced and leave seniors guessing whether or not they will be able to afford medicine to treat sometimes life-threatening health conditions. I am pleased to make this information readily available to them.”
Seniors can apply for EPIC at any time and must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan to receive EPIC benefits and maintain coverage. EPIC helps pay the Medicare Part D drug plan premiums for low income members. EPIC also provides supplementary drug coverage for Part D covered drugs and Part D excluded drugs purchased while in the Medicare Part D coverage gap.