Patient Advocates Program - April Teach in

TOPIC: National Emerging Drug Threats in the United States

This session will examine the extent of these public health problems and how data is being used to address them including:

  • What are the emerging drug threats in the United States in 2023?
  • How big a problem is Fentanyl and to what extent is it combined with other drugs?
  • How do the threats from drugs like opioids and Fentanyl show up in overdose deaths and in drug seizures by law enforcement?
  • What impact did COVID-19 have on law enforcement seizures and on overdose deaths? See flyer for more information

Recording - Patient Advocates Program Teach - March 21

TOPIC: Personal Medical Debt in New York State and How to Prevent Aggressive Debt Collection Practices

  • The extent of medical debt in NYS and increasing efforts of hospitals to aggressively seek debt repayment.
  • Problems with the hospital financial assistance programs.
  • The impact on persons with low incomes and persons of color.
  • Current protections for consumers and proposals to prevent medical debt and how you or your organization can help support these efforts.

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Patient Advocate Program Teach ins - Recordings


Topic: Unwinding After the Public Health Emergency Ends – Transitions to Coverage and Assistance Under Medicare, Medicaid & the Medicare Savings Program;  Speaker: Frank M. Winter, Regional Training Lead, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Regional Office


Topic: Autopsies and the Role of the Coroner;  Speaker: Margaret Luck, Coroner Fulton County

Budget Briefings Part 1 and 2

If you missed our Budget Briefing Webinars with Deputy Director Gail Myers, you can view the recordings and the presentations right here:

  • Budget Briefing 1: Aging Services funded by NYS Office for the Aging
  • Budget Briefing 2: Agencies other than the NYS Office for Aging programs 

Take Action: Call your legislators to support StateWide’s Patient Rights Helpline



  • Accessing Services and Benefits
  • Patients Rights
  • Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Medicare Fraud and Abuse

StateWide is committed to providing education about the important issues affecting seniors today.  If you or your organization would like to request a presenter from StateWide, give us a call or click on the button below to fill out a speaker request form.


WABC-TV 7 On Your Side

Watch the latest 7 On Your Side Segment with Reporter Nina Pineda, Executive Director Maria Alvarez and Senior Medicare volunteer, Jean Stone.

  • 6/10/22: Easy ways to detect and report exploding Medicare fraud – click HERE to view the video.
  • 5/6/22: How to Stop Medicare/Medical ID Scams – click HERE to view the video.


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