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Coverage and Benefits

Medicare provides health coverage to over 60 million older adults and people with disabilities, paying for important medical care in hospital and outpatient settings. Nearly 12.5 million beneficiaries also rely on Medicaid, which helps with affordability through the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), and covers services Medicare does not, such as long-term services and supports. The Medicare Rights Center supports strengthening Medicare and Medicaid, modernizing benefits and financial assistance, and bolstering the workers and caregivers who deliver this vital care.

Increasing Access to Medicare Savings Programs: Lessons Learned and Policy Recommendations from New York

Last year, New York State passed a landmark budget that expanded income eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), a long-overdue reform that the Medicare Rights Center championed alongside partner organizations, with the goal of increasing health access and economic security. Upon taking effect in January 2023, this expansion immediately made around 300,000 additional New Yorkers eligible for MSPs, programs that help enrollees afford Medicare premiums and other costs, and lead to automatic enrollment in the federal Extra Help drug subsidy.

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Increasing Access to Medicare Savings Programs: Lessons Learned and Policy Recommendations from New York

Last year, New York State passed a landmark budget that expanded income eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), a long-overdue reform that the Medicare Rights Center championed alongside partner organizations, with the goal of increasing health access and economic security. Upon taking effect in January 2023, this expansion immediately made around 300,000 additional New Yorkers eligible for MSPs, programs that help enrollees afford Medicare premiums and other costs, and lead to automatic enrollment in the federal Extra Help drug subsidy.