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30,000 NYS Residents Age 65+ May Lose Medicaid If They Do Not Apply to Enroll in Medicare

26 Dec, 2017

In December 2017 and January 2018, letters are being mailed out to 30,000 NYS Medicaid recipients age 65+ who do not have Medicare Parts A or B, telling them that they must go to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to enroll in Medicare, in order to keep Medicaid coverage.   They will need to provide their local Medicaid program with proof that they tried to enroll in Medicare in order to prevent discontinuance of their Medicaid.  Notices are being sent solely to those  who:  

  1. Are age 65+ and have neither Medicare Part A or Part B, 

  2. Are US Citizens or have been Permanent Resident Aliens for 5+ years

  3. Have incomes below the Medicare Savings Program SLIMB level  (120% Federal Poverty Level)
    ($1226  singles /  $1644 couple)

See more about this State initiative in this article, including links to NY State and NYC guidance and samples of the notices.  The Medicare Rights Center created a Tip Sheet about this issue. 

Going forward, those applying for Medicaid who meet the criteria above will be required to show that they have applied to enroll in Medicare if they are not already enrolled in Part A or Part B. 

See more here. 

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