EPIC Program Funding Restored
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:17 PM EDT
One thing agreed upon as part of New York's budget deal this week, will help thousands of seniors in the state:
About $30 million dollars for the state's "Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage" program, or EPIC, will be restored.
CBS 6's Dori Marlin got The Bottom Line on cuts to the program back in January. They went into effect at the start of 2012, leaving 190,000 New York seniors paying a lot more money for their prescription medications.
Dori heard from many viewers, who said the extra costs would be a huge burden -- either for themselves, or for a loved one.
Now, the Health Budget Subcommittee has announced, the funding will be restored.
That means lower-income seniors who qualify will go back to paying no more than $20 for each prescription, instead of paying 25% of the cost of each medication.