Medicare Rights Deputization Project
The Medicare Rights Center hosts periodic deputization trainings on Medicare Savings Program (MSP) screening and enrollment protocol for community professionals who would like to better assist their clients in accessing these under-utilized benefits. Each individual enrolled in an MSP is also enrolled in the Extra Help subsidy of the Medicare Part D drug benefit, and the minimum value of these two benefits combined is $5,000 per year.
Medicare Rights’ deputization trainings cover MSP eligibility and application processes, and provide the opportunity for professionals to ask questions and subsequently submit their clients’ MSP applications through Medicare Rights for editing and submitting to the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA). The proven advantage of submitting MSPs through Medicare Rights to HRA is that Medicare Rights has a relationship with HRA whereby MSP application acceptances and rejections are shared directly with our staff, and we can troubleshoot complicated cases. This kind of intervention often leads to a denied individual receiving a needed benefit. Medicare Rights shares all results from HRA with its deputized partners, who in turn become more skilled at navigating MSP screening and enrollment processes. These robust collaborations enable both Medicare Rights and deputized partners to more effectively track issues related to MSP enrollment citywide and to remedy with HRA where possible.
After a deputization training, your staff and volunteers will be able to better help your clients apply for MSPs through Medicare Rights. Each training includes the following components:
The New York City benefits landscape and how deputization works
The nuts and bolts of Medicare Savings Program screening and enrollment
Navigating the MSP application process with clients
Please note that this training is not open to employees of health insurance companies, health insurance agents or brokers, self-employed individuals, or individuals employed by private businesses.
For more information about the Deputization Project, contact Emily Balkan at firstname.lastname@example.org.