Governor Cuomo Expands NYS’s Efforts Against Opioid Epidemic

Governor Cuomo Introduces Aggressive Expansion of State’s Efforts to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

On August 7, New York became the first state in the nation to provide no-cost or lower-cost naloxone at pharmacies across New York.

  • On August, 7th Governor Cuomo announced a first-in-the-nation program to provide no-cost or lower-cost naloxone at pharmacies across New York.
  • Beginning August 9, 2017, individuals with prescription health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, will receive up to $40 in co-payment assistance, resulting in reduced cost or no cost for this lifesaving medicine.
  • Uninsured individuals and individuals without prescription coverage will still be able to receive naloxone at no cost through New York’s network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.
  • As of August 9, 2017, New Yorkers can find co-payment information at pharmacy counters across the state and at:

o http://www.health.ny.gov/overdose – Individuals should provide this information to the pharmacist when asking for naloxone in order to receive it with no or lower out-of-pocket expense. The Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program is funded by New York State’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

o   Additionally, through New York’s network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs, uninsured individuals and individuals without prescription coverage will be able to receive naloxone at no cost. A full list of these programs is available here.

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