Fax in your Memo of Support for the Prescription Drug Bulk Purchasing
fax in TODAY to Sen. Bruno a Memo in Support of the bill to show
the overwhelming support for this vital legislation! Below is
a sample memo or support you can cut & paste from. Sen. Bruno’s
fax: (518) 455-2448
Memo in Support of Prescription Drug Bulk Purchasing:
A.6336b (Gottfried)/ S. 5029 (Golden)
act to amend the executive law, in relation to creating the prescription
drug assistance program.
are 5 million New Yorkers who can not meet their prescription
drug needs because they are either uninsured or have insurance
that does not provide adequate prescription drug coverage. Many
even forgoing medically necessary drugs when prices are out of
reach. Meanwhile, the federal government uses its buying power
to negotiate fairer prices for the drugs it purchases for certain
populations it is responsible for – such as veterans, government
employees and retirees.
consumers pay more for drugs for consumers than in any country
in the world, and the expenditure has been going up 10 to 15%
annually. In 2004, New Yorkers spent over $19.4 billion on prescription
bill would lower costs by creating the Prescription Drug Assistance
Program, pooling the purchasing power of state programs like Medicaid
and EIP, public employee benefit programs, employers and uninsured
individuals. The program would also create an Rx Discount card
that would be available to any New Yorkers who do not have prescription
drug coverage or who have gaps in their plans.
prescription drug assistance board would be established in the
executive department to administer the program, facilitate access
to cheaper drugs for program participants, and negotiate bulk
discounts from pharmaceutical companies.
is not the first time that the bulk purchasing of medicine has
been used. The federal government does it for veterans, and 33
states have bulk purchasing programs of one form or another either
by executive order or state law or resolution. Other states have
saved billions by enacting innovative plans to counteract ever
increasing prescription drug costs and there is no reason why
New York shouldn’t see the same gains.
Action Network of New York State (insert your name or your organization’s
name) supports A. 6336 and S. 5029 because it lessens the burden
placed on millions of New Yorkers who make hard decisions every
day on how they are going to provide for their basic needs. Paying
for sometimes life-saving medication means one has less money
to pay for food and shelter
York can once again be at the forefront of healthcare by taking
the bulk purchasing step
Call Governor Pataki Today to Urge that he Release the Remaining
April, the Governor vetoed many of the restorations and increases
to programs passed by the Legislature. Recently he announced that
though he was releasing over a billion dollars in TANF funds,
about $90 million for vital services was not released. The funds
not being released include pregnancy prevention ($12.1 million),
after-school programs ($27.5 million), aid for the homeless ($4
million), support for residents of single-room-occupancy hotels
($3.5 million) cash for the Utica Food Bank ($150,000) and many
work-support programs for low-income people.
Simply dial toll-free: 1-877-255-9417 and press 1 to leave a message
for the Governors Office - you can leave a message with the receptionist
and she will log in your call (all you have to provide is your
Message: “I urge the Governor to agree to the Legislature’s
bi-partisan conference committee agreement which would release
the remaining $90 million of TANF funds. These funds support essential
services such as aid for the homeless, adult literacy and ESL,
and helping low-income New Yorkers find and keep jobs.”
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM, Food That’s In When School
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers free meals to children
18 years of age and younger during the summer months. The program
is a great resource of nutritious food for all children. There
are no income or residency requirements for children to participate.
However, there are many children who are not benefiting from the
program. Please encourage the children in your community to participate!
To locate a site in your community or for further information,
please contact the NYS Growing Up Healthy Hotline toll-free at
1-800-522-5006 and 311 for NYC.
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