Assemblywoman
Barbara Lifton
Working for our
good health
and
prosperity



Protecting our money and well-being

Battling high prescription drug costs, hidden fees

Prescription drug costs are rising at three to four times the rate of inflation in some cases and there is often a large difference in prescription drug prices from retailer to retailer – sometimes in excess of $50 per prescription. To help seniors get their prescription drugs for less, Assemblywoman Lifton sponsored legislation to provide consumers with timely, competitive-pricing information for some of the most commonly-used prescription drugs (A.10991).

Assemblywoman Lifton also supported legislation to protect consumers from hidden fees and undisclosed conditions that have become common with gift certificates and gift cards by:

  • Requiring vendors and retailers to eliminate any retroactive fees and prohibit them from collecting monthly service fees until after a gift certificate or gift card goes unused for 13 months (A.10333-B, awaiting governor’s signature)
  • Requiring vendors to disclose the terms and conditions of a gift certificate or gift card at the time of purchase (A.10334-A, awaiting governor’s signature)

Providing tax relief

Assemblywoman Lifton sponsored legislation enhancing the Real Property Circuit Breaker Tax Credit for seniors (A.11704). Under her bill, the maximum benefit would rise to $750 and eligibility thresholds would increase.

Improving health services for rural seniors

Because rural communities face unique challenges in providing necessary health and social services to seniors, Lifton introduced legislation (A.9671) that would:

  • Provide training in elderly support services – such as recreation, income assistance, transportation, wellness education, long-term home health care, supportive housing and institutional care – to front-line health care and social workers
  • Help rural communities establish networks between one another – helping the communities share information and training to continue improving senior services




Assemblywoman Lifton wants
to know what you think.

Join her at a community meeting:

Monday, August 23,
4-6 p.m.
Cortlandville Town Hall
3577 Terrace Hall Road
Cortland

Wednesday, August 25, 7-9 p.m.
Danby Town Hall
1830 Danby Road
Ithaca

Monday, August 30, 4-6 p.m.
Ithaca Town Hall
Town Board meeting room
Buffalo St. or Tioga St. entrance

Wednesday, September 1, 7-9 p.m.
Ulysses Town Hall
10 Elm Street
Trumansburg




Information at your fingertips …

Cortland County:

Cortland County Area Agency on Aging:
607-753-5060
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP):
607-753-5057
Cortland Senior Centers:
607-753-5061
Health Department:
607-753-5036
Department of Social Services:
607-753-5248
District Attorney’s Office:
607-753-5008

Tompkins County:

Office for the Aging:
607-274-5482
Health Department:
607-274-6674
Long Term Care (LTC) Services:
607-274-5278
Medicaid/Medicare Information:
607-274-5328
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP):
607-274-5264
District Attorney’s Office Victims Advocacy:
607-274-5461

New York State:

Senior Citizens’ Hot Line:
1-800-342-9871
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance
Coverage Program (EPIC) Hot Line:
1-800-332-3742
Attorney General Complaint Line:
1-800-771-7755
Advocate’s Office for Persons with Disabilities:
1-800-522-4369
NYS Partnership for Long Term Care Insurance Hot Line:
1-888-697-7582




Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
106 East Court Street • Ithaca, NY 14850 • 607-277-8030
liftonb@assembly.state.ny.us

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