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Astorino on prescription drug costs for seniors

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is urging residents to take part in an anonymous survey that analyzes the effects of prescription drug costs on people age 65 and older in Westchester. The results of the survey will be presented to top healthcare policymakers and practitioners during a forum in Washington, D.C.

Westchester County is encouraging residents 65 years and older to fill out a survey about the effects of prescription drug costs has on their lives. Photo courtesy WestchesterGov.com

“Prescription drug costs are a very real concern for our older residents,” Astorino said. “No one should have to choose between buying food or medicine, yet unfortunately that’s a story we hear way too often. We encourage everyone to share their experiences so we can provide the best support possible.”

The anonymous survey is available online and takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. Please visit WestchesterGov.com/seniors to access the survey or for more information.

Conducted by the Department of Senior Programs and Services, DSPS, and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, the county’s “Prescription Drug Cost Survey” has already garnered national interest. In addition to influencing local policy, the results will also be shared on the national stage as part of The Atlantic magazine’s “At What Cost? An Atlantic Forum on Prescription Drugs,” in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3. The event will explore how to foster drug innovation while controlling costs.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to bring Westchester to the forefront of a discussion that affects so many,” said Mae Carpenter, DSPS Commissioner. “I urge all older residents, caregivers, family members and administrators to spread the word and offer their input.”

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