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From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt: June 19, 2009

Drug Discount Card  

New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) would like to inform his constituents about the New York Prescription Saver. This free discount card, which was introduced by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, can reduce the cost of prescriptions for lower income state residents.

“With the harsh economy that we are all experiencing right now, it is important that my constituents should not have to choose between getting their prescriptions or paying their bills,” said McKevitt.

NYS is now working with a network of over 3,700 pharmacies and manufacturers to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.  The New York Prescription Saver (NYP$) was first implemented in 2008 allowing members to save as much as 60 percent on generic drugs and 30 percent on brand name drugs.  Any persons between the ages of 50 to 64 years old, or anyone with a disability, which has been determined by the Social Security Administration, regardless of age, are eligible to become NYPS members.  All eligible members must currently be without prescription coverage and do not possess Medicaid coverage.

“I encourage all constituents who may be eligible for this program to take advantage of this great opportunity. It is a priority of mine to keep all my constituents healthy and support all programs that will help aid in their well-being,” McKevitt said.

Individuals who meet the proper requirements can use their card at all participating pharmacies. To apply to be a member of NYPS, call the toll-free Helpline at 1-800-788-6917 or visit http://nyprescriptionsaver.fhsc.com for an application or to see participating pharmacies and the discounted prices for drugs.  

“Start your savings now and apply for the New York Prescription Saver to ensure that you are receiving the best deals you can,” said the assemblyman.

Buckle Up! It’s the Law

Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt is advising all of his constituents to fasten their seatbelts and follow the rules of the road. “As our communities continue to grow, the streets are becoming more populated and increasing in traffic congestion. While this may seem frustrating to some, we all must remember to be safe and not get overwhelmed”, Assemblyman McKevitt stated.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a study concluded that in 2007, New York had an estimated 1,333 traffic fatalities. In a ranking of the top 10 counties with fatalities, for the past five years Nassau County has been among the top three. With a few helpful traffic safety tips we can all work together to decrease the amount of deaths caused by driving.  

When operating a vehicle remember that you must pay attention to the other cars that are around you. Your focus should be on the road and safely arriving at your destination. While driving you should not be texting or talking on the phone. These are very distracting and can cause you to lose sight of what you are doing.

Always remember that you and your passengers should all be wearing seat belts and in the event of an accident you will all be safer. Many of us are always in a rush to get to our next location, however it is important to obey the speed limit and comply with other driving regulations. Finally, it is imperative to remember never to drink and drive.  

In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that out of the 1,333 traffic fatalities, 455 had a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08+. In order to avert a DWI make sure to have a designated driver or take a cab. These simple tips can help to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities that New York experiences.

 “With the pressure that we as a Nation and as a State are facing today, it is understandable that people will get upset and anxious. This should not impair our judgments or allow our emotions to get the best of us. It is important to be a safe driver for ourselves and for the pedestrians around us.  Please join with me in being a safe driver and obeying the rules of the road.”