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Public News Service: NY Expands Access to Medicare Savings Programs

NYLAG’s Valerie Bogart spoke to Public News Service about Medicare Savings Programs expansions for older adults in New York, advocating for immigrants to receive healthcare coverage as well.

“Valerie Bogart, director of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program at the New York Legal Assistance Group, said these expansions have been needed for years, and would make up for some of the deficiencies of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program […]

“Now that seniors have expanded Medicare coverage, Bogart added there are other health-care shortcomings that need to be addressed. Specifically, all immigrants need to have health-care coverage, she said. Given how the COVID-19 pandemic put the need for health care in the spotlight, this is the last big gap in coverage needing to be filled.

“‘If nothing else, COVID was just an object lesson in the importance of public health. So, what is public health if you have a whole segment of the population who is not covered,’ she explained.”

Read the full piece by Edwin J. Viera on Public News Service from April 18, 2023.

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