Barbara Lifton:

Important information for you
from this year’s legislative session

Ensuring programs that assist
seniors get the funding they need

Assemblywoman Lifton works hard to ensure local organizations and programs receive state funding in order to deliver services so many depend on. That’s why she fought for legislation that:

  • increases Enhanced STAR rebates by 40 percent

  • expands the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to give more seniors nutrition assistance in the comfort of their own homes

  • improves the Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), which assists seniors with daily activities like shopping, cooking and personal care in their own homes

  • secured $18,000 for the Tompkins County Public Library to provide Sunday hours

  • secured $10,000 for the Tompkins County Office for the Aging

Keeping you safe and protecting your rights

Assemblywoman Lifton helped pass a new law aimed at curbing predatory attacks on seniors by increasing the penalty from a class A misdemeanor to a class D felony if a person 65 years or older is assaulted by someone more than 10 years younger (Ch. 68 of 2008).

Lifton also supports legislation:

  • endorsed by AARP to strengthen New York State’s identity theft laws, allowing identity theft victims to freeze their credit by phone or Internet (Ch. 279 of 2008)

  • rewrite New York’s power-of-attorney statute to ensure that agents for the elderly, the incapacitated and anyone who has given power-of-attorney, are always answerable to that person (A.6421-B, passed the Assembly)

  • preventing debt collectors from seizing Social Security, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and veterans’ benefits in bank accounts up to $2,500 (A.8527-A, awaiting the governor’s signature)

EPIC – Lowering prescription drug costs
for seniors with fixed incomes

Assemblywoman Lifton knows that health care is a top concern for New York seniors. That’s why she sponsored legislation to make sure HMOs put patient care ahead of profits (A.4607-B, passed the Assembly).

Lifton also fought to reject the executive proposal to make EPIC drugs subject to prior authorization when there is a Medicare Part D denial. As an alternative, Lifton helped shape a program that places the burden on EPIC — not the beneficiary — to appeal Medicare Part D denials, freeing seniors from dealing with complicated and confusing red tape.

Are you eligible for EPIC?

You are eligible for EPIC if you are a New York State resident age 65 or older with an income of $35,000 per year or less if single, or $50,000 per year or less if married.

For more information or to enroll in the program, call the EPIC Hotline at 1-800-332-3742.


Assemblywoman Barbar Lifton
“I’m encouraged to see the progress we made this year putting new laws in place and passing important legislation designed to enhance our quality of life. I will continue to fight hard for the issues important to Cortland and Tompkins County families.”
– Barbara Lifton
Barbara Lifton

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