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Spitzer Outlines Health Care Concerns in WNY

By Eileen Buckley

Niagara Falls, NY – New York State Attorney General Elliott Spitzer appeared at a senior citizens center in Niagara Falls Friday outlining what he says are the three major health care issues concerning this region.

Spitzer says the number one issue is a lack of prescription drug coverage for those on Medicare.

"If you can't pay for your prescription drugs, you've got a problem," Spitzer asserted. "The cost of prescription drugs is going through the roof. We all know the frustration we're feeling that across the border in Canada we can buy these drugs for less."

Spitzer says the other two issues are denial of access to certain health care providers who are not covered under some HMO plans and denial of coverage for necessary medical care.

The attorney general said he is responding to thousands of calls he receives on a state help line. He says 500 of those calls came from the Buffalo Niagara region.

Spitzer urges consumers to seek assistance with health care concerns. He says people denied coverage should appeal, since there's a good chance they'll win.