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.