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JOIN US AT OUR FORUM Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm 32BJ SEIU, 5th floor auditorium 25 West 18th Street, (bet 5th and 6th Avenues) See the flyer
Don’t miss the next series of our Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-Ins in 2017. see the flyer
2017 Teach In Dates:
March 28: Assistance from the NYS Attorney General for Seniors with Health Care Concerns
April 25; Mental Health Needs of Older Persons and How to Get Help
May 23: Assisting Older Persons with HIV/AIDS, and
June 27: Home Care Agency Program to Screen for Sepsis
Convention 2017, October 10-12, Saratoga Springs
Scenes from Convention September 27-29, 2016
Another informative and invigorating Annual Convention with speakers from federal and state government and policy experts on issues including the home care worker shortage, Medicare & EPIC, poverty, and health care reform. Stay tuned, powerpoints presentations will be posted shortly.
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.
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 Jaffe.KHN@gmail.com
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