Through seminars, one-on-one counseling sessions, and the Information & Assistance Line; the Department’s HIICAP program provides unbiased information, education, and counseling regarding Medicare (including Part D), New York State EPIC, Long Term Care insurance, and other insurance issues. Trained HIICAP staff and volunteers can help you:
If you would like to access a one-on-one counseling session, contact us at (518) 447-7177, or attend a regularly scheduled clinic. CLICK HERE for information about clinic locations, dates and contact info. Open enrollment for 2013 is from October 15, 2012 to December 7, 2012. This is the time to review the options and select the best plan for you or your loved one!
Visit www.Medicare.gov to search for prescription plans for your area (click "Compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans by State 2007") or to compare plans that match your drug list (click "Formulary Finder") or you may also find extra help to pay for your coverage (click "Lower Your Costs During the Coverage Gap").
On www.Medicare.gov you may also find out what Medicare covers, or compare health plans and Medigap policies, nursing homes, hospitals, dialysis facilities, or even find doctors and specialists in your area.
To speak to a Medicare representative call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Visit http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/epic/ for more information about the New York State Prescription Plan for Seniors (65+). The site will help you understand the program benefits and eligibility. The EPIC application is also available on line. If you have any questions about the program call: 1 (800) 332-3742.
Compare Drug Prices
The New York State Board of Pharmacy publishes an annual list of the 150 most frequently prescribed drugs http://rx.nyhealth.gov/pdpw/SearchDrugs/Home.action, in the most common quantities. The New York State Department of Health collects retail price information on these drugs from pharmacies that participate in the Medicaid program and from pharmacies that submit their retail price information directly to the Department of Health. This site allows you to search for specific drugs from the most frequently prescribed drug list.
For Medicaid questions and eligibility information see: http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/
To apply for Medicaid (or Family Health Plus) go to Access NY application at: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/fhplus/application.htm
To apply for Medicaid and food stamps together go to: http://otda.ny.gov/main/programs/applications/2921.pdf
Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid Spenddown and Medicaid
Medicare Savings programs can help seniors (individuals/couples) pay for all or for portions of medical costs or Medicare premiums (depending on level of income). For an application www.nyhealth.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/savingsprogram/msapp.pdf.
A person may be able to qualify for Medicaid Spenddown if they spend (down) enough of their income on medical bills and qualifying medical expenses. To find out more about current Medicaid income rates visit the NYS Dept of Health Medicaid in New York State and click the link: "How do I know if I qualify for Medicaid?"
Medicaid /Medicaid Spenddown/ Medicare Saving Programs Application Assistance
To receive help with your application from an Albany County DSS Eligibility Examiner (on a first-come, first-served basis) see the list of sites, dates and phone number to call for directions:
Under special circumstances, if a senior is incapable of leaving their home (must be homebound) and do not have someone to assist them in completing and submitting an application; call (518) 447-7177 for more information.
An individual may also request an application over the phone by calling (518) 447-7403, and can submit their Medicaid and Food Stamps applications via regular mail without having to meet with a representative from the Department of Social Services.
Other Helpful Websites and Contact Numbers