N.J. seniors, disabled to see higher copays

July 7, 2008 11:47:18 AM PDT
Prescription drugs will soon become costlier for many poor New Jersey senior and disabled citizens.

The state announced Monday copays in its drug assistance program will increase August 1.

The copay for generics will go from $5 to $6. It will go from $5 to $7 for brand names. They're the first increases since 1992.

The program has 168,000 people, but about 50,000 with the lowest income won't be affected.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine says he's not enthused by the increases but they'll help the cash-strapped state.