TO INCLUDE EXPANSION OF THE MEDICARE SAVINGS PLAN IN THE BUDGET
- Calls are needed to your Assemblymember at 518-455-4100 and your Senator at 518-455-2800.
- Message: Please include expanded income for the Medicare Savings Program by including S8228/A9245 in one-House budget bills so that negotiations with the Governor can begin.
- Background: The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) is a federal program that is administered by the state. Its purpose is to help low-income Medicare beneficiaries by paying their Part B premiums and enrolling them in “Extra Help,” the federal prescription drug subsidy program. StateWide has long urged NYS to expand the income eligibility for MSP to help lift more Medicare enrollees out of poverty by providing assistance with Part B premiums. A new state bill, S8228/A9245, would increase eligibility to 156% FPL ($1766 if single, $2380 if married) rather than the current income limit of $135% FPL ($1529 if single, $2060 if married)