Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in New York. With more than 3.6 million New York beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in New York. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

New York Medicare Enrollments


Original Medicare Plans
(Part A and B)


Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans


Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug plans)


Total Medicare Beneficiaries in New York

Who Qualifies for Medicare in New York?

Medicare covers most New York residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled New York residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in New York works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Local Medicare Health Plan Resources in New York

  • Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP): Approximately 500 trained HIICAP counselors located in local offices for the aging across the state are available to answer New Yorkers’ questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage programs (managed care), Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medigap, and other health and long term care insurance.
    Contact: Call 1-800-701-0501

  • Community Health Advocates (CHA): CHA, a program of the Community Service Society, provides free and confidential individual counseling and educational community presentations to individuals, families, advocates, and providers about health insurance in New York State. Their network of community-based organizations and small business serving groups help New Yorkers access the health care they need, understand their health insurance options, and how the health care system works.CHA helps all New Yorkers: the privately insured, publicly insured, and uninsured.
    Contact: Call 1-888-614-5400. A list of CHA affiliated organizations with staff who are qualified to assist consumers with health insurance questions and enrollment issues can be found online at CHA’s website.

  • New York State Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau safeguards the rights of health care consumers statewide through investigation of and enforcement actions against insurers, providers, drug companies, and other individuals and entities that engage in fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, or illegal practices in the health care market.
    Contact: Call 1-800-428-9071

  • NYC Health: You can get free, in-person help signing up for low- or no-cost health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace by visiting an NYC Department of Health Certified Application Counselor. Their counselors will: explain your health insurance and care options, regardless of your immigration status; help you and your family enroll in or renew health insurance; and find out if you qualify for financial help to pay for a low-cost private health insurance plan.
    Contact: Find a counselor in your borough of residence by searching the NYC Health Map. You can also set up an in-person or telephone appointment by calling 311 or texting “CoveredNYC” to 877-877. A list of locations broken down by borough is also available by visiting NYC Health’s website.

  • New York StateWide Senior Action Council is a group that provides health care advocacy and support to New York elders. The organization runs a confidential health and prescription medication coverage helpline, where certified counselors provide information on Medicare Advantage benefits and prescription drug coverage, answer consumer questions, and assist with plan enrollment free of charge.
    Contact: Call 1-800-333-4374 or email [email protected].

  • The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) is a nonprofit organization that provides a multitude of no-cost services for seniors of all races and religions residing in Long Island and New York City’s five boroughs. JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, and they provide life-sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their families and friends.
    Contact: Call 212-273-5272 or fill out a brief online form.

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of New York. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in New York so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.