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Defend Medicaid NYC rally

Medicaid is under attack.  Join us in NYC on April 6. See the flyer


StateWide testifies on proposed state budget

To read StateWide’s budget testimony on issues impacting older residents, please see this link.this link


Observation status discussed.  

12-19-16 StateWide is interviewed by Channel 6 News (Albany CBS affiliate) on costs Medicare enrollees face during inpatient vs. outpatient hospitalizations.  


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Don’t miss Grassroots Advocacy Day – Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Albany.

 We will be focusing our attention on health related issues, including safe nurse to patient ratios in hospitals and nursing homes, NY’s solution to the health insurance crisis – NY Health, a single payor comprehensive universal health plan, and the home health care worker shortage.  Join hundreds of seniors from across the state! The day is FREE (lunch included)but PRE-registration is required.  Call 800-333-4374 for more information.  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

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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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