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NYC 8/9 event to celebrate Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security

You are Invited When: Thurs. Aug. 9., 2:30-4 p.m. Where:  United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway, New York City Featuring speakers, testimonials, cake, and more! Co-sponsored by NY StateWide Senior Action Council RSVPs requested! * More info:; 646-527-6612


RAND Corporation Validates that NYS Can Afford Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare

Finds NY Health Act Will Provide Coverage for All Residents, Boost Economy and Create Jobs (New York, NY) The Campaign for New York Health welcomed a study released today from the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the New York State Health Foundation, to evaluate the economic impact of the New York Health Act (A.4738 /S.4840), legislation […]


Beware of Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation schemes.

SSA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently received several reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from SSA. In one case, an automated recording states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and the person should contact a provided phone number immediately to […]


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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


Our North Country Chapter will be hosting the 27th annual Seniorama.

When:  MONDAY, August 13, 2018, 10A – 3P

Where:  Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Bingo Palace, 873 State Route 37, Hogansburg

What:  This is a Health and Information Fair that brings health, financial institutions, county agencies, elected leaders, insurance companies, senior organizations, health related businesses, utilities, support services and businesses that senior citizens would be interested in all together in one place.  This event is FREE to the public; everyone is encouraged to attend.  It is also Senior Day at the Casino and the buffet lunch is $6.00.
We encourage businesses and organizations to have a table at the event. 
For more information about Seniorama, contact Barb McBurnie at



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JOIN US – October 9-11, Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs.  Participate in forums on important issues affecting seniors today.

StateWide members and non-members are invited to register.  Just print the form and return with  your payment.  Click here for registation form.

Exhibitors and sponsors are welcome to reserve their spot now. For more information, please see the following links:

Sponsor prospectus form

Non-sponsor exhibitor registration application





Grassroots Action Day – State Capitol – May 8, 2018
350 Seniors from all over NYS advocate for improved health care policies – Safe Nurse to Patient Staffing in Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Improved Medicare for All, and incentives to recruit and retain Home Care Workers






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

We now have county by county reports from the 2016 data.  Scroll down to find your county at our link: Elder Economic Index County Report 2016

November 18, 2015 – 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.
Learn more about Medicare
Video Overview of Medicare Choices
Overview of Open Enrollment




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