Medicare in New York

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Learn about Medicare in New York

Medicare is a national program offered in the state of New York that provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older as well as younger individuals with certain disabilities and illnesses. Over 3,009,756 New York residents currently benefit from the Medicare program, and this number is increasing over time as the number of eligible individuals is also increasing.

New York has the third largest population of persons age 65 years and over with 3.4 million. According to census data, this demographic constitutes 13.5% of the overall population of New York. By 2030, there will be 1.35 million residents aged 65 or over in New York City alone.

Statistics on New York Medicare

Here are some statistics on Medicare in New York:

Some well-known private insurance providers in New York that offer Medicare plan options include:

Compare New York Medicare Plans

Medicare is a national insurance program administered by the federal government. Hence, Medicare eligibility and enrollment are the same no matter if you are in New York or any other state. However, based on a Medicare beneficiary's location, the availability, associated costs, and insurance providers may vary for:

Unlike the ten standardized options of Medicare Supplement plans, additional benefits and coverage of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may also vary between plans of the same type for New York Medicare beneficiaries.

A New York resident may have different Medicare plan offerings than a resident of another state; similarly, a resident of New York City in New York County may have different Medicare plan offerings than a resident of Syracuse in Onondaga County. It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to not only customize their search for Medicare plans based on their individual health and prescription needs, but also the county and state in which they reside.

To start comparing Medicare plans in New York today, enter your zip code above for a customized list of plans available in your area. You can also enter in your medication needs to further tailor your search results and cost estimations.

NY Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage and Medicare

New York Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), a free New York State program designed to help seniors with their prescription drug costs. To be eligible for EPIC, you must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription Drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage, and meet certain income requirements. Medicare provides the primary drug coverage while EPIC is secondary coverage provider for NY Medicare beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D coverage gap (Medicare Donut Hole). In 2010, 300,774 New York residents, age 65 and older, were enrolled in EPIC.

For more information on the EPIC program, please visit

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Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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