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HIKE IN CO-PAYS STIRS OPPOSITION

County legislators went on record Thursday against a 20 percent hike in co-pays planned by two managed-care companies for self-injectable medications.

If approved, the costs for some suffering from multiple sclerosis could be boosted from $1,000 to $2,500 a month, Legislator Randi Cohen Kennedy, D-Amherst, said. The Independent Health and Health Care Plan hikes are proposed to begin Jan. 1.

Ms. Cohen Kennedy said that as the daughter of a woman with multiple sclerosis she knows how victims would suffer physically and financially.

Ms. Cohen Kennedy and Legislator Judith Fisher, D-Buffalo, both have personal reasons for plans of Independent Health.

Dr. Barry Weinstein, Ms. Cohen Kennedy's Republican opponent, serves on the Independent Health board with John Fisher, husband of Mrs. Fisher. And Mrs. Fisher heads the Health/Mental Health Committee.

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