State & Federal Legislative Advocacy Updates
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.
12-19-16 StateWide is interviewed by Channel 6 News (Albany CBS affiliate) on costs Medicare enrollees face during inpatient vs. outpatient hospitalizations.more
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 […]
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 […]more
Update on Observation Status
StateWide has prepared a new flyer on Observation Status.
StateWide has prepared a new flyer on Observation Status.more
Statewide in the News
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Don’t miss the next series of our Patient Advocates Program Telephone Teach-Ins in 2017.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 10-11AM – Helping Older Persons Identify and Avoid Adverse Drug Events, See the Flyer
Other Teach In Dates (Topics to be announced):
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.
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.
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.