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NYC Department for the Aging

Medicare Open Enrollment Period – October 15th to December 7th !!!!

The New York City HIICAP program [Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program] can assist seniors and their family members with current, impartial information on the Medicare plans offered in NYC. The Open Enrollment period for selecting, comparing and changing Medicare coverage is from October 15th to December 7th . HIICAP counselors can compare prescription drug plans and explain the differences between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Each year premiums and co-pays change effective January 1, 2015 so having a counselor explain these new costs is helpful. To speak with a HIICAP counselor, call 212-602-4180 leave your name and telephone number and a counselor will call back within a day or two. There are community counseling sites with assistance in a variety of languages --- call 311 for that information.

Service Providers Seeking Contracts Urged to Register with New City System

Organizations can now compete for funding and manage multiple proposals in one system (HHS Accelerator). DFTA encourages all prospective proposers to register for training and complete an Application.

Learn more about the system and register

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014

The New York City Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) developed this guide to help older New Yorkers better understand the health care coverage options currently available in New York City. The topics include Medicare Parts A and B, “Medigap” insurance, Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. The information detailed here is current for the year 2014. Use it in good health!

A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Spanish) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Russian) (in PDF)
A Complete Guide to Health Care Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2014 (Chinese) (in PDF)

Taxi Smart Card Program Accepting Applications

Disabled residents of Canarsie/Flatlands (Brooklyn CD 18) and Astoria (Queens CD 1) now have an alternative to Access-A-Ride. They can use taxi or livery car services for transport to the same places Access-A-Ride would have taken them and many other places. Eligible applicants receive a Taxi Smart Card pre-loaded with funds that can be used for the fare. For more information call DFTA at 212-442-3026 or the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities at 311.

Read a Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Download Application (in PDF)

Newcomers to Medicare Invited to Free Classes

If you’re new to Medicare or soon will be eligible, join one of DFTA’s upcoming monthly orientation classes. The class includes information on Medicare Part A and Part B, Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D drug coverage and the Medicare Savings Programs. Orientation is held at 2 Lafayette Street, room 624 once a month throughout the year. Here is the current schedule of classes – each class covers the same material.

Thursday, December 18th: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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