Community Programs - New York City

The Medicare Rights Center has a variety of projects designed to reach New Yorkers with Medicare. We provide one-to-one counseling, as well as useful, timely information that helps you manage your own health care needs and expenses.

Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Project
New York City Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare
Presentations for People with Medicare and Caregivers

Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Project (MMAP)


In New York City, the Medicare Rights Center provides personal counseling services at 3 senior centers every week. Our clients at these senior centers, many of whom have both Medicare and Medicaid, benefit from our expertise right in their local communities, and in their own language.

Our counselors help people with Medicare understand their drug plan options, screen and enroll them in low-income programs, and help with other Medicare-related issues.

Click here to read a New York Times story featuring one of our MMAP counselors.

Proyecto de Asistencia para personas con Medicare y/o Medicaid (Ciudad de Nueva York)

En la ciudad de Nueva York el Centro de Derechos de Medicare ofrece consejería cara a cara en 3 centros para personas mayores. Estos servicios son disponibles a través de nuestro Proyecto de Asistencia para personas con Medicare y/o Medicaid.

Nosotros llevamos nuestros conocimientos de Medicare a las comunidades y en los idiomas de nuestros clientes. Nuestros consejeros pueden asistir con cualquier pregunta relacionada con Medicare y ayudan a entender sus opciones de seguros de recetas médicas. También ayudan a inscribir a personas que califican para programas de bajo ingreso.

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Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Project (MMAP) Sites

Please try calling 1-800-333-4114 first. A hotline counselor may be able to help you over the phone. If you need in-person assistance, they can help set up a one-on-one meeting with a counselor at one of the sites listed below. Counselors are available on the day/time indicated.

Por favor trate de llamar primero al 1-800-333-4114. Uno de nuestros consejeros intentar� ayudarle por tel�fono. Si es que necesita asistencia en persona, entonces el consejero le ayudar� a concertar una cita en uno de nuestros sitios en la comunidad de la lista siguiente. Consejeros est�n disponibles en los d�as y las horas indicadas..

Wednesday 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Upper West Side
747 Amsterdam Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10025
Take the 1 train to 96th Street.
Located on Amsterdam Avenue between 96th and 97th Street
(It is the same building as the CVS Pharmacy.)

Wednesday 9:30–11:30 am
Lower Manhattan
*Cantonese/Mandarin interpreters available*
*Bring ID. This is a government building*
100 Gold St., Basement
New York, NY 10038
Take the 4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or the 2/3 train to Fulton Street

Friday 10:00 am–4:00pm
Washington Heights
4026 Broadway, New York, NY 10032
Take the 1 or A Train to 168th Street.
Located between 169th and 170th Street (next to Radio Shack).

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Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare (SOS Medicare)

The SOS Medicare (Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare) program in New York City is modeled after our award-winning program in Westchester County, NY. The NYC SOS Medicare program mobilizes trained volunteers to educate and counsel their peers about Medicare issues in their own communities.

Each volunteer is paired with a specific senior center, which he or she visits once a month. Volunteers give a brief presentation—a "Medicare Minute"—on a different topic each month, and are available to answer their peers' questions.

Presentations for People with Medicare and Caregivers

The Medicare Rights Center's experts go to local communities to give presentations to people with Medicare, their caregivers and other consumers. Some groups who have requested presentations are senior centers, community-based organizations, hospitals (for their patients), and unions (for their members).

If your group is located in the New York City area and would like to have a presentation by an expert from the Medicare Rights Center, contact the Director of Volunteer and Community Services.

The Medicare Rights Center Needs You. Volunteer in Your Community Now!