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NYC Department for the Aging

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)

Big Apple Senior Strollers Kick Off April 2nd

DFTA's Senior Strollers will begin its tenth anniversary year on National Walking Day, April 2nd. All walking clubs, whether current or new, must register by February 28th. The Department will host a series of breakfast orientation meetings for center directors in March to explain how to qualify the walking clubs as an evidence-based activity. See Registration Form for Schedule and information.

Read the Announcement (in PDF)
Download Registration Form (in PDF)

Volunteers Wanted to Provide Medicare Counseling

Helping older people understand how Medicare Plans work can be incredibly gratifying. New York City’s Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) will train and place volunteers to provide benefits counseling. HIICAP is part of the State Health Insurance Program and does not endorse or sell any product.

Read more about volunteer training and placement (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 once a month throughout the year. Here is the current schedule of classes – each class covers the same material.

Tuesday, April 22nd: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 2 Lafayette Street, 6th floor

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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