New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 5/10/2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEPARTMENT UNVEILS NEW SENIOR CITIZEN INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER
Site Launched As We Celebrate Older Americans Month

        Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today launched the Senior Citizens Insurance Resource Center on the Department’s Web site. The new section provides basic information for New York's senior citizens on health insurance, long term care insurance, Medicare supplement coverage as well as other types of coverages important to seniors.

        "We are extremely pleased to be debuting our new Senior Citizen Insurance Resource Center at this important time of year when we celebrate national Older Americans Month and recognize older Americans who are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives," said Serio. "The month of May recognizes that older persons are adding years to their lives and also improving the quality of their lives.

        "There is no better time than this to increase awareness of the needs of seniors to take necessary steps to prepare for later in life including understanding health care insurance, long-term care options and other types of insurance coverages. The brand new Resource Center provides older Americans with important information to help them make the right choices about their insurance needs and to help them evaluate and compare insurance options, costs and companies to get the most from their insurance dollar."

        The Senior Citizen Resource Center is available on the Department’s Web site at www.ins.state.ny.us.

        The Resource Center also includes up-to-date information on the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program which is a prescription plan for New York’s senior citizens; information on the Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) offered by the New York State Office for the Aging; information on Medicaid; links to information on Social Security, as well as state agencies that provide guidance and assistance to older Americans.      


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