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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 […]


StateWide hosts NYSOFA Director Crossdale discussion on Office of Community Living Report in Conference Call 12-17

NY StateWide Senior Action Council has been monitoring activities related to the proposed NYS Office for Community Living since the 2015 state budget required a study of a possible merger of disability and aging concerns.   StateWide has arranged a conference call Thursday December 17 at 10AM to brief all interested seniors and senior services […]


Advocacy for Paid Family & Medical Leave

NY StateWide Senior Action Council supports efforts at the state and federal level to provide paid family and medical leave. Executive Director Maria Alvarez was interviewed for an article that appears in today’s Albany Times Union, noting that the Act will ensure that the family unit and the community in general is more stable.  Read […]


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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.

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

  • Telephone Teach in June 21st:   How to compare Nursing Homes for services, quality and safety: Using the new 5 STAR rating system and other tools to choose the provider that’s best for you. See the FLYER

Convention 2016 – September 27-29, Saratoga Springs.  Now available: CONVENTIONSPONSORSHIPFLYER and EXHIBITOR Applications.

We have an exciting schedule of speakers from national, state and local perspectives.  Click on this link to review the Updated schedule of events and speakers

Click on this link to download the registration form. 2016 Convention Registration Form – reserve your hotel room through us, price for hotel and meals included in package rate.



 Grassroots Senior Advocacy Day May 10, 2016

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5-10 2Over 350 seniors came to StateWide’s Grassroots Advocacy Day on May 10, representing Erie, Oneida, Broome, Sullivan, Rockland, Ulster, the Capital District and NYC.  At midday, StateWide joined the allied unions representing nurses (NYSUT, NYSNA, CWA & PEF) at a luncheon with guest speakers Comptroller DiNapoli, safe staff to patient ratios bill sponsor Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried.
Following lunch, seniors joined a rally in support of safe staffing legislation was held on the Capitol lawn.
StateWide Advocacy Day participants visited legislators, urging passage of the safe staffing bill, A8580/S782, and NY Health, the single payer legislation, A5062/S3525, and urged more funding in future budgets for aging services to meet the growing demographic.


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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