The Success of the Medicare Rights Center
Many New York seniors who are eligible for programs that can save them money on their Medicare benefits are not enrolled in these programs. With NYSHealth support, the Medicare Rights Center conducted an aggressive, targeted outreach campaign to identify and enroll qualifying seniors in Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy program.
The Medicare Rights Center sent letters and information about these savings programs to potentially eligible seniors, and set up a hotline where seniors could receive additional information and help with their applications. These efforts led to approximately 3,500 seniors enrolling in Medicare programs, saving them more than $17 million. This work also generated nearly $5 million in savings for New York State. Savings will be enjoyed year after year for those seniors who retain their enrollment in these programs.
Due to the success of this grant, NYSHealth awarded a follow-up grant to the Medicare Rights Center to reach the remaining seniors believed to be eligible for savings programs and to ensure enrolled seniors maintain their benefits. New York State is co-funding this effort and is now pursuing these enrollment strategies.