At the news event mentioned in the previous blog, Sen. Hannon joined Assemblyman Peter Rivera, Assemblyman Karim Camara and multiple groups of patient advocates to express his support for restoring patient protections back to the NYS 2012-2013 budget.
Beginning in October 2011, Medicaid patients had their prescription drug benefit moved to a managed care plan. This has led to confusion, lack of uniformity in coverage and, in some cases, denial of critical medications.
Legislators and advocates are fighting to put those patient protections back into the budget language this year.
Here’s a video of Sen. Hannon’s remarks and here’s the press release from the event.
-Jaime Venditti, 3/2/12