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  • NYSHIP & Medicare


    Medicare & NYSHIP

    Are you becoming eligible for Medicare due to turning 65, disability, or a diagnosis of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)? This page has information about how your Medicare benefits will work with your NYSHIP coverage.*

    Medicare becomes your primary insurer when you are eligible for Medicare and enrolled in NYSHIP as a retiree, vestee, dependent survivor, or are covered under Preferred List provisions. To coordinate Medicare with your NYSHIP benefits, you should make sure that you:

    • Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to enroll in Medicare three months before your birthday month. Visit or call 1-800-772-1213.
    • Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B (be sure not to decline Part B).
    • If you are eligible for Medicare before age 65, you must notify the Employee Benefits Division that you have enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, and provide a copy of your Medicare card.
    • Do not sign up for any non-NYSHIP Medicare Advantage Plan or Part D prescription plan.
  • Generic Vs. Brand-Name Drugs: What’s The Difference

    Generic vs. brand-name drugs: what’s the difference?

    Did you know that prescription drug prices in the U.S. are an average of 2.5 times higher than other Western countries?1 With this in mind, you might be wondering if switching to a generic drug is right for you. Let’s take a look at the differences between the generic and brand-name versions of prescription drugs.

  • Understanding the Extra Help with Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan


    Understanding the Extra Help with Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
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  • Part D Prescription Drug Plans


    Part D Prescription Drug Plans You can sign up for Part D Prescription Drug Plans, which helps cover prescription drug costs, along with other components of Medicare starting three months before your 65th birthday. It’s important to do this on time because there’s a permanent premium surcharge for enrolling more than three months after your…

  • EPIC – Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program


    The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program is a New York State program for seniors administered by the Department of Health. It helps more than income-eligible seniors aged 65 and older to supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. Seniors can apply for EPIC at any time of the year and must be enrolled…