Some Bronx pharmacies fail to notify patients about prescription discount

A New York City Council report says that pharmacists at Bronx-run hospitals are not telling poor and uninsured patients about a program that makes them exempt from paying $10 prescription fees. The report says workers at 11 of 18 Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) pharmacies in the city did not even know the three-year-old program existed. The program says that patients who need the discounts are exempt from paying the $10 co-payment for each prescription filled at an HHC outpatient pharmacy. HHC officials say they have not seen the report, but say they would post waiver information in the pharmacies. About 1.3 million people in New York use HHC facilities every year. About 500,000 people have no insurance and are eligible for waivers.

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