Protecting Westchester seniors' quality of life
face unique challenges, from costly prescription drugs to maintaining
a home on a fixed-income. To protect those who have made Westchester
a great place to live, work and raise a family, I've pushed for
stricter property tax exemptions for seniors, opposed fee increases
to the state's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program
(EPIC) and supported decreasing expenses for medication.
to quality, affordable health care
Bush administration created a new Medicare program which helps
drug companies at the expense of seniors and just recently
raised seniors' Medicare premiums for doctor visits by 17 percent.
It's obvious that much more work needs to be done to ensure that
Westchester seniors are provided the care they deserve.
Now, with Westchester
County Medical Center in danger, it's critical that our health
care providers have the funding they need to keep their doors
open. That's why I fought the governor's narrow-minded proposals
and worked to restore $40 million in cuts to hospitals, and rejected
a new "sick tax" on hospitals and other health care providers.
Quality health care
is a right, not a privilege. Too many cuts masquerading as "reforms"
are targeting the most vulnerable among us, especially seniors
living on fixed-incomes. That's just not fair, and I'll continue
fighting to ensure our loved ones have access to quality, affordable
health care. Our priority must be seniors, not HMOs or large pharmaceutical
Reducing the tax
have worked hard their entire lives to save money so that one
day they could live comfortably. They deserve that right, which
is why I'm pushing for greater property tax exemptions for seniors.
To help seniors who
see a drop in their income due to retirement or other reasons,
I sponsored legislation which passed the Assembly allowing them
to substitute more recent tax returns if it helps them to meet
the income requirement for the enhanced STAR program (A.7873).
I also helped save taxpayers $4.4 million next year by lessening
Westchester County's Medicaid burden.
Our seniors have
worked hard to enrich our community, provide for their families
and preserve our quality of life. It's time for us to give back,
and I will continue to ensure that Westchester seniors receive
the care and assistance they deserve.