AARP Telephone Town Hall: How NY State Should Cut Sky-High Prescription Drug Prices

By AARP NY | December 20, 2021

WHAT: AARP New York will hold a telephone town hall with its members to discuss how the State should reduce sky-high prescription drug prices. With Americans paying three times what people in other countries pay for the same prescription drugs, the interactive event will focus on achievable policy solutions on the State level.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Via phone, listen-only, 877-229-8493;  PIN = 18948#,  or on line at, or at

WHO: Bill Ferris, AARP New York State Legislative Representative

Joe Stelling, AARP New York Associate State Director

Kristen McManus, AARP New York Associate State Director

AARP members from across New York State

WHY: Americans pay the highest prices in the world for brand name prescription drugs.

Older New Yorkers are the fastest-growing segment of the state’s population, and Medicare Part D enrollees take 4.5 prescription medications per month, on average.

AARP New York is urging the State to:

  • Enact legislation (S4370-Biaggi/A7245-Gottfried) to ban “pay for delay” deals in which brand-name manufacturers pay generic makers to postpone consumers’ access to cheaper generic versions of prescription drugs;
  • Import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries or use Canadian price lists to drive down the cost of prescription drugs in New York, and;
  • Strengthen the Medicare Savings Program to help more seniors afford their prescription drugs.