Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates Calls Out for Universal Parmacare for Ontarians

Ontaro’s Ford government’s cuts to medicine programs leave the most vulnerable to fall through the cracks

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Posted April 8th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP for Niagara Falls Wayne Gates said the Ford government needs to reverse its cuts to government prescription drug programs for children. Gates shared the story of a family being hurt by these cuts in the Legislature on Monday.

“This week I spoke to a new mother with a six-month-old son who requires prescription formula. The formula was covered by a government program, until Doug Ford’s cuts ensured this family would no longer receive coverage,” said Gates.

“Now it will cost this young family $600 a month, because their private insurance does not cover the formula.”

Gates said these cuts have led to a patchwork of coverage, which leaves big cracks for Ontario families to fall through.

“This government has shown time and time again that they will cut programs in this province, without any regard for the effects on everyday people,” said Gates. “There used to be government drug programs that would help families who need prescription formula, but now if families aren’t covered by their private insurance plan, they are out of luck.”

The NDP has proposed a plan for universal pharmacare, a drug plan that would cover all Ontarians.

“People deserve more from their government, not less. When will the Ford government stand up, do what’s right, and provide all Ontarians with full prescription drug coverage, so no child in this province goes without the prescriptions they need?”

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