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Medicare is a federal program that provides health care coverage to New Yorkers of all income levels who are 65 or older or under 65 with a disability.  Medicare has a more limited set of health benefits and cost-sharing rules than Medicaid does.  Medicaid has some special programs, known as Medicare Savings Programs (or MSPs) that can help people eligible for Medicare with the program’s cost-sharing.  On this page, you will find articles and resources authored by the Empire Justice Center to help clients access Medicare benefits, especially Medicare Part D drug coverage and the MSP programs.  We also encourage you to visit NYHealthAccess, a relatively new website co-sponsored by Empire Justice, the Legal Aid Society of New York City, and Selfhelp, Inc.  NYHealthAccess will provide you with a comprehensive listing of advocacy material on Medicare Part D.


Session Wrap 2017: Access to Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
This past session, the Assembly introduced A.7772 (Barrett), which would provide relief from an outdated cap on Medicaid physical, occupational and speech therapy that, for the past five years, has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically necessary. Addressing the cap on these therapies has been a priority for Empire Justice Center for the past two legislative sessions. Read More

Session Wrap 2017: New Legislation to Enforce Medical Records Access Rules
A.7842 (Gottfried)/S.6078 (Valesky) will ensure free access to medical records for those applying for Social security and Medicaid benefits, as well as some veteran’s benefits. Read More

ALERT: Health Republic Closing it's Doors
If you have insurance through Health Republic, your insurance will end on November 30, 2015! Read More

Medicare: Article


Medicare Counseling: A Lifeline We Must Sustain
For the clients NYLAG and other advocates for the poor serve, SHIPs are a particularly critical resource. Medicare is a great benefit, but it is expensive. Low-income people would never be able to afford Medicare without expert assistance to obtain the vital subsidies they need to reduce costs. Read More

Report Presents “Immigrant Eligibility Crosswalk” and Urges Continued Advances in Immigrant Access to Health Care as NY Implements Insurance Exchange
Today, Empire Justice Center released a report that chronicles immigrant access to health care in New York and zeros in on significant advancements to come with the new State Health Insurance Exchange. Read More

Medicare: In the News


Empire Justice Comments on Strengthening Consumer Protections in the Affordable Care Act
Read our comments to HHS, which were submitted in conjunction with several state and national partners, on how reducing regulatory burdens is a thin disguise for reducing much-needed consumer protections. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2017 Health Budget Hearing
Empire Justice Center's testimony on Health and Medicaid before the joint legislative committee for the 2017-2018 New York State budget. Read More

Medicare: Policy Advocacy


New York’s Exchange Portal: A Gateway to Coverage for Immigrants
Health Insurance Exchanges have the potential to eliminate many existing barriers to health insurance coverage for low-income workers facing reductions in salaries and benefits. Immigrant families, whose incomes tend to be lower to begin with, have been particularly hard hit by escalating health care costs. National figures from 2010 indicate that 75% of workers in noncitizen families were in traditional blue collar jobs, as compared to 60% of workers from citizen families. The average median annual income for noncitizens was $25,000, roughly half the amount for citizen households. In New York, home to 4.3 million immigrants, noncitizens are over three times as likely as citizens to lack health insurance. Read More


The Affordable Care Act: Impact on New York State
An overview of the Affordable Care Act's approach to reforming the health care system. Read More


Medicare: Publications


Legal Services Journal - Summer 2011
The Summer 2011 Legal Services Journal reports on a wide range of poverty law topics with an emphasis on areas impacted by New York State budget cuts and other legislative activities. The issue reviews Empire Justice Center's 2011-2012 legislative priorities and includes an in-depth look at legislative activities in the domestic violence area. The Journal also reports on several key public benefits and health areas affected by the recent State budget cuts including child care, 24-hour home care and the EPIC program for seniors. Other articles address kinship guardianship, immigrant eligibility for food stamps, Medicaid Managed Care, standing to sue in foreclosure cases, upcoming changes in fair hearings, and the challenges faced by pro se litigants with disabilities when navigating the family court system. Thanks to all of our authors for their contributions to this issue of the Legal Services Journal. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2010 Issue
The Summer 2010 issue of the Legal Services Journal reports on a wide range of poverty law topics. Additionally, this issue has a special focus on Health Law. Thanks to all our authors. Read More


Helping Your Patients Access Medicaid
This training is designed for staff at community health centers across New York, but will be useful for staff at any community based organization that helps clients access health care services. Participants will learn about the public health care programs available to clinic patients, and strategies that have proven successful for overcoming common barriers to eligibility - including spend down, spousal refusal and pooled trusts. Read More

Maximizing Health coverage for DAP clients - Before and After Winning the Case
Brief overview will include: recent changes to Medicaid, Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus; Medicaid managed care for SSI recipients; transitioning to Medicare. Read More

Medicare: Trainings