On Thursday, August 20, 2009, the New York City Council is going to vote on and pass a bill on language rights in pharmacies — the first law of its kind in the country. We’ll be on the steps of City Hall at 1pm, right before the vote, to celebrate – join us!
This victory is the latest in a series of victories that began in the fall of 2007, when we filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of Make the Road New York against several NYC pharmacies for failing to provide equal access to their services for non-English speakers. This complaint resulted in settlement agreements with seven of the major chain pharmacies operating in New York, improving access to prescription medications for almost 1 million customers statewide. Intro 859-A, sponsored by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, expands upon the settlement agreements in important ways: it covers a broader range of chain pharmacies; provides for fines and penalties for violations; and, unlike the settlement agreements, won’t expire in 2013. (For all of the documents and background materials associated with this campaign, please click here.)
We are proud to be associated with this landmark legislation and to be a part of a truly community-driven campaign for improved health access. Si, se puede!