EPIC http://wrvo.org en The EPIC program returns just in time http://wrvo.org/post/epic-program-returns-just-time <p>When state lawmakers approved the budget this week, they restored a program that&#39;s vital to many senior citizens. <strong><a href="http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/">Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage</a></strong>, known as EPIC, helps low and moderate income seniors with co-pays for prescription drugs not covered by Medicare Part-D. When it was defunded last year, seniors were forced to pay 25% of the costs of prescriptions. This made necessary prescriptions unaffordable for some.</p><p>Pharmacists at drug stores like the Gifford and West Pharmacy in Syracuse ran into a lot of problems when EPIC stopped helping seniors pay for prescription drugs. Gifford pharmacist Jim McLaughlin encountered many patients who had high co-pays and were forced to pay.</p><p>&quot;It ends up costing more. Patients go without their medications and their symptoms start to come back, or they end up being hospitalized,&quot; McLaughlin said.</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:24:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 16859 at http://wrvo.org