Raia Announces Emergency Legislation to Provide Prescription Drugs for Seniors

January 20, 2006

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-Northport), ranking minority member of the Assembly Aging Committee, is co-sponsoring emergency legislation to ensure senior citizens receive their prescription drugs during implementation of the new Medicare Part D program.

“I am proud to be a cosponsor on this emergency legislation that will bridge the gap until Part D can be fully implemented,” said Raia. “We cannot allow seniors who are having difficulty with the transition to the new program to go without their prescription drugs.”

He noted the emergency legislation is in response to difficulties senior citizens have encountered with the implementation of the new federal program. As part of the new program, responsibility for providing drugs to people who are eligible under both Medicaid and Medicare shifted from the state to the federal government, resulting in serious problems for many low income and disabled seniors.

“This legislation will prevent a possible public health crisis and require the prescription drug coverage to be extended until the temporary problems with the program are resolved,” Raia concluded. “I want to reassure seniors that my colleagues and I will not let them go without their medication.”