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Social Security Administration Announces Cost of Living Adjustment

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that there will be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of less than 1% in 2017, averaging $5 per month (see below for more information from the SSA.)   Note:  With an expected increase in Medicare Part B premiums for 2017, Social Security recipients will likely see that the […]


Update on Observation Status

StateWide has prepared a new flyer on Observation Status.


StateWide hosts conference calls on state budget proposals

StateWide will be holding two conference calls to review issues in the state budget that impact older New Yorkers.  The first call (Jan. 15) will be a quick look at the NYS Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) budget – examining the funding levels for established programs, learning if there are new initiatives, discovering if there […]


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Announcing the next series of our Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-Ins. See the Fall 2016 schedule for dates, times and subjects.


  • Telephone Teach in December 13, 2016 :
    What is Sepsis and How Can it Be Prevented?
    See the Flyer



 Convention September 27-29, 2016
(SAVE THE DATE Convention 2017, October 10-12, Saratoga Springs)


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Medicare Enrollment Assistance Available.

StateWide’s expert counselors are ready to assist you choose Medicare coverage that works for you for 2017.  You may still be eligible for a Special Enrollment if you change your mind about your coverage for 2016. Call 1-800-333-4374 for assistance.

Seniors living close to the edge of poverty

Read about StateWide’s work on the new Insecurity Report: LIVING BELOW THE LINE: ECONOMIC INSECURITY AMONG NEW YORK’S ELDERS.  Read the the report.  StateWide’s Executive Director Maria Alvarez testified before the NYS Assembly and joined Assemblymembers under the leadership of Assemblyman Crespo, Chair, Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in a press conference.  Watch a news interview here.



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 was signed into law effective 2014 to require hospitals to tell patients what their billing status is.

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


Help with Medicare and EPIC

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!   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.
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