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By the numbers

Over 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries live in New York, making it one of the states with the highest number of Medicare beneficiaries according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Here are some statistics about Medicare in New York:

  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare through Original Medicare or Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) and other health plans: 3,582,066
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B in New York: 2,112,754
  • New York beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or other health plan: 1,469,312
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D in New York: 2,799,319
  • New York beneficiaries with a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: 1,466,879

Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan are offered through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare to offer Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan). Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew their contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change as a result of the annual contract renewal.

Medicare resources in New York

New York Medicare Savings Programs: Programs in New York can assist beneficiaries in paying for things like their monthly premiums. Usually in order to qualify, your income and assets have to be lower than a certain limit that is set by the government each year.

New York State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): In New York, SHIP is called the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP). HIICAP educates New York residents about Medicare and other health insurance issues. HIICAP also can assist beneficiaries who want to apply for Medicare Savings Programs.

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