DROPPING PILLS

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FYI: A fifth of all New York seniors who responded to a Commonwealth Fund survey in 2001 had skipped medication dosages due to cost concerns in the previous year. Only 60 percent of the respondents with incomes that qualify for the state’s drug assistance program, which supplements Medicare for seniors, had heard of it at all. This is true despite the fact that the program is already to the point of bursting with more than 300,000 enrollees, driving the state to raise income limits last year. The report coincided with an Assembly Health Committee hearing on prescription drug costs held in New York City yesterday. [12/6/02]