Have Medicare & Medicaid? You may qualify for a $0 premium Special Needs Plan in New York.

Empire plans may include drug, dental and vision coverage, plus other benefits.

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29 million people are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan.1

Empire Blue Cross (Empire) plans provide the benefits you want and help cap your Medicare out-of-pocket costs.

Empire Special Needs Plans may include the following benefits:

  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Fitness memberships
  • Dental services
  • Vision services and eyewear
  • Hearing coverage and hearing aids
  • Meal delivery services
  • Wearable medical alert system
  • Over-the-counter allowance for health and wellness products
  • Transportation services
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What are Medicare Special Needs Plans?

These plans are a type of Medicare Advantage plan. Plans provide the same hospital and medical benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B and offer other benefits at no extra cost. They may also have additional benefits designed to meet your specific needs.

You’re eligible for a plan after you enroll in Medicare and Medicaid.

Many plans have low-cost or even $0 monthly premiums.

You can get all your Medicare benefits in one convenient plan.

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1 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “Monthly Enrollment by Contract – June 2022” https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systemsstatistics-trends-and-reportsmcradvpartdenroldatamonthly/enrollment-contract-2022-06 

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This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

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For Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans: This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare.

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