20 March 2009

Fair Share: Help Stop Cuts to Help Protect Our Elders.

March 20, 2009.

Dear Fellow Americans,

There's a woman living in upstate New York. She's 78 years old and has a few health problems. She relies on four prescriptions to manage her conditions. This woman could be your mother or grandmother, or mine. She's the average enrollee of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program, which provides 320,000 low- and middle-income seniors in New York with crucial prescription care. And she might not be able to get the prescription drugs she needs if Gov. Paterson's proposed budget cuts go through.

Please take action now to help stop these cuts and protect our seniors. Urge your legislators to oppose them:

Funding for the EPIC prescription program has already been cut by $400 million over the last four years. But now Gov. Paterson has gone too far, proposing cuts of another $50 million in his current budget plan.

We can prevent these cuts by adopting a fair-share approach to closing New York's budget deficit: Fair Share Tax Reform.
It's not an exaggeration to say our seniors' health is on the line. And, ironically, Governor Paterson's suggested cuts may end up costing the state more in the long run.

Continued access to prescription drugs doesn't just improve seniors' health and quality of life. It can also mean seniors will not have to resort as frequently to expensive non-drug care like hospital stays and emergency room visits.

Write your legislator now to ask him or her to oppose cuts that put our seniors' lives in danger:

Thank you, as always, for your support.

In solidarity,

George Gresham

President, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East


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