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The New York Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is part of a nationwide education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud and waste. You can report suspected problems to SMP. Our staff and trained volunteers work to correct errors and report abuse of the Medicare system to […]


Senate Health vote by 9/30 – calls needed to NYS House members

The US Senate is poised to vote on a new bill called Cassidy-Graham to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This bill is worse than many previous proposals, and estimates Read more here NYS will be negatively impacted: Five states would see a reduction in federal funds of 30 percent or more from 2020-2026. New […]


Senate Health Care Vote Likely July 20, 2017 – Calls needed

Even if you called already – make another call before the expected vote on Thursday July 20. Representatives and Senators heard an earful during the Congressional recess; constituents want health insurance fixed, not worsened. Constituent outrage has slowed down passage, but the Senate Health Care bill is getting worse and worse. Now, on top of […]


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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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Patients Advocates Telephone TeachIn

June 19 – Health Services for Older Refugees

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.
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