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New York Medicare Plans

Approximately 16% of New York residents were Medicare beneficiaries in 2012, totaling 3,093,591 individuals, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. There are a number of resources available with information about New York Medicare plans.

Medicare plans in New York are offered by various insurance companies, which include:

  • Empire Blue Cross
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Humana
  • WellCare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna

Medicare Resources in New York

New York State Office for the Aging - The New York State Office for the Aging is one of the most comprehensive resources for information about Medicare plans. The office provides information and services to seniors to help them live independently well into their retirement years. The state office features a local branch in every county. The Medicare services provided by this office include the following three programs:

  • Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program - This program, also referred to as HIICAP, offers free counseling to New York Medicare beneficiaries. Since the office is not affiliated with any specific insurance companies, counseling services are unbiased.
  • NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care - When beneficiaries require long-term care, this program provides information about the options available. In addition, local offices in each county ensure that beneficiaries have easy access to personalized counseling services.
  • Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) - These programs are created to help New York Medicare beneficiaries protect themselves from fraud through education, detection, and action. The program also educates beneficiaries about what to do in the event of an error on their billing claim.

New York State Department of Health - The Department of Health for the state helps Medicare beneficiaries, who also qualify for Medicaid benefits, get the information and assistance they need. The department also supplies information about Medicare Savings Programs available to beneficiaries who cannot afford their coverage premiums. This would include beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, known as dual-eligible beneficiaries.

New York Health Access - This website was formed as a partnership between the New York State Office for Aging and the New York Community Trust. The purpose of the website is to provide New York residents with a wealth of resources and news regarding health care options, including information about Medicare plans. Information is compiled by a group of New York legal experts that specialize in the area of health care.

Medicare Insurance Trends in New York

Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in New York:

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  • Of all the New York Medicare beneficiaries, 68% were white, 12% were black and 13% were Hispanic.
  • More than half (58%) of all Medicare beneficiaries in the state were female.
  • New York spent $34,081 on Medicare plans for qualified beneficiaries.
  • Between 1991 and 2009, the state increased Medicare spending by 7.3%.
  • The total number of dual-eligible New York Medicare beneficiaries was 760,553.
  • Dual-enrollment beneficiaries made up 26% of all Medicare beneficiaries in the state.
  • That same number of dual-enrollment beneficiaries made up 60% of all Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • There were 828,675 discharges from hospitals of New York Medicare beneficiaries receiving inpatient services.
  • There were 1,179 million New York Medicare beneficiaries that use outpatient hospital services.
  • The total number of admissions into nursing facilities by New York Medicare beneficiaries was 147,187.

Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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