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2015 Medicare Part B premiums remain unchanged

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell announced today that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years.  Medicare Part B covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items. For the approximately 49 million Americans enrolled in  Medicare Part B, premiums and deductibles […]

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Social Security News

There are a number of changes being made by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security Number Printouts – Beginning August 2014, SSA will no longer issue Social Security Number (SSN) printouts in their local/field offices.  People who need proof of their SSN and who cannot locate their SSN card will need to apply for […]

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EPIC eligibility expands

 EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program income limits have been raised, thanks to the State Legislature and the Governor’s agreement during budget negotiations in 2014.  NOW – Individuals Earning up to $75,000 and couples earning up to $100,000 are eligible!   Click here to review StateWide’s flyer detailing changes. The 2013 changes will be in effect […]

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Welcome

StateWide was organized in 1972 to achieve dignity, well being and security for all senior citizens in New York State.  We provide direct service through our helpline and counseling services and provide information to educate the community as well as state and federal policymakers on issues of importance to older New Yorkers.

Please see our legislative advocacy and senior issues sections for more information.

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What's New at StateWide

CONVENTION 2014

Register for CONVENTION 2014.
October 14-16 -  Saratoga Springs.

Don’t miss the next annual convention – get the latest information, network with colleagues, meet friends – old and new!  Registration material has been mailed to members in the newsletter.  Non-members welcome. Registration brochure can be printed from this link. Register by mail and enclose check.  Or pay online – additional fees apply – call us for guidance.

NEW! Walk in honor of, or in memory of, someone deserving recognition.  This fun fundraiser will be held on Wednesday October 15, so walk or roll in support of Statewide, or have someone else substitute for you.  You need not attend to be part of the action.  Fill out the form and return it with a tax deductible contribution.  Collect from friends and family – there’s no donation too small…or too large!  Names of honorees will be printed in our next newsletter.

Limited Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Available.

Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach In September 29

YOU ARE INVITED:  Join us for a teleconference on September 29, from 10-11AM.  StateWide’s Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-in returns, with featured speaker Laura Dugan, the Communications Lead for LIVANTA, the newly designated Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. To learn more about the call, see our flyer.

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StateWide marched in the September 21 Climate Change demonstration in NYC.  The Huntington Post gave it national coverage and featured our members (l-r) Genevieve Cervera and Muriel Beach.  Read the coverage

GRASSROOTS SENIOR ADVOCACY DAY MAY 20 in Albany
Busloads of seniors came from NYC, Hudson Valley, Sullivan County, Buffalo, Cayuga, Oneida,  the North Country and the Capital District. Assemblyman Gottfried, Assemblywoman Millman and Senator Hannon spoke about safe patient care and heard our call for safe nurse/staff to patient ratios. Statewide partner Suzanne Mattei, Exec Dir of NYers for Patient and Family Empowerment told over 300 seniors why safe staffing ratios matter. 200 seniors visited more than 50 state legislators and those that remained at the conference learned how to get their friends and family to support safe patient care. Eric Kingson rounded out the day by sharing reasons why Social Security Works for NYers. Thanks to all who made the day a great success.


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EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program NEW - EPIC income limits have been
raised, thanks to the State Legislature and the Governor’s agreement during budget
negotiations in 2014.  NOW – Individuals Earning up to $75,000 and couples earning up to
$100,000 are eligible!
   Click here to review StateWide’s flyer detailing changes for 2013. The 2013
changes will be in effect for 2014 and beyond.   Wondering if you’re eligible for EPIC? See Eligibility
Guidelines
. Call 1-800-333-4374 with any questions.

Observation Status

 

StateWide Launches Patient Advocates Program.
Get Informed.  Get Involved. Share Stories.  Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-ins
have been scheduled.  Get more information.


StateWide Develops Hospital Patient Tool Kit. More information.


 

Legislation initiated by StateWide raising concerns about Observation Status has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. It will require hospitals to tell patients what their billing status is.  See more on Observation Status.   See our Legislative Page for more information.

Federal Legislation introduced! US Sen. Schumer pledges to fix Hospital Observation Status Problems facing Medicare recipients. If you have experienced problems related to Observation status, please call StateWide to share your story at 1-800-333-4374. Read more.

Problems cause a “coverage gap.”  See the NBC news coverage.

Kaiser Health News: By Susan Jaffe FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Poorly Understood And Costly For Medicare Beneficiaries
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.Susan Jaffe can be contacted at Jaffe.KHN@gmail.com

 

 

Federal Budget Proposals Threaten Aging Programs. You can Make a Difference. Read more. Learn about Federal Sequestration Impact on NYS aging and community services. Read more.

Medicare therapy standard changes. Medicare beneficiaries can continue with therapeutic services by asking their providers to appeal the annual monetary cap based on a new standard. A court case has been settled that has now determined that therapy no longer needs to be resulting in continued improvement; therapy can now be continued based on ensuring that the patient needs the services to maintain their level of function.  See more.

EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) Program NEW - EPIC income limits have been raised, thanks to the State Legislature and the Governor’s agreement during budget negotiations in 2014.  NOW – Individuals Earning up to $75,000 and couples earning up to $100,000 are eligible!   Click here to review StateWide’s flyer detailing changes for 2013. The 2013 changes will be in effect for 2014 and beyond.   Wondering if you’re eligible for EPIC? See Eligibility Guidelines. Call 1-800-333-4374 with any questions.

Help with Medicare and affordable prescription drugs is just a phone call away. StateWide’s Medicare counselors can help you make adjustments if your health plan is not meeting your needs in 2013. Call 1-800-333-4374.
Learn more about Medicare
Video Overview of Medicare Choices
Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2013
Overview of Open Enrollment




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