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What AARP is Looking for in Governor's State Budget
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 22, 2013 01:38 PM
AARP Hopes Gov. Cuomo Addresses Key Issues for State's 50plus: Full Funding for EPIC, More Resources for Caregivers & Increased Utility Consumer Protections
ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Governor Cuomo set to release his New York State Budget in a few short hours, AARP is wasting no time making the voice of the 50plus heard on the key issues the Association wants included.
The top issues the 2.5 million member strong AARP New York is looking for in today's budget address: fully restoring funding to the state's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program (EPIC); more funds dedicated to helping family caregivers; and giving consumers a stronger voice and a seat at the table in utility rate hike proceedings by establishing an independent utility consumer advocate office.
"New York seniors should not be forced to needlessly struggle to afford basics, such as prescriptions. Caregivers face an uphill battle every day due to a lack of state resources and families across New York get hit with soaring utility bills, simply because they don't have a strong enough voice at the table during rate hike proceedings," said David McNally, Manager of Advocacy for AARP in New York. "Today, AARP is looking to the Governor's budget to help address these issues and provide New Yorkers with the resources and protections they need and deserve."
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
SOURCE AARP New York
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