Do you have questions about Medicare? If you’re: 

  • turning 65,
  • looking for different health coverage options in retirement, or
  • receiving Extra Help with Medicare or the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC)

…our Certified Medicare Specialists can connect you with the answers you need so you can make an informed decision about your coverage.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation or attend one of our information sessions at the AmeriCU Financial Center closest to you to learn more about the plan options available to you.

Medicare - Here to Help

We’re here to help

Our Certified Medicare Specialists are here to help you and are available to discuss your Medicare options, enrollment, or plan changes with free office hours listed below. Drop in to speak with one of our Certified Medicare Specialists (served on a first come, first served basis), call 800.352.9699 (TTY 711) Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM, or email us at [email protected] to schedule a personal consultation. We can help you learn about:

  • How & when to enroll in Medicare
  • Part A & Part B benefits
  • Differences between Medicare Supplement & Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Part D coverage and the “coverage gap”
  • Annual election periods
  • Enrollment eligibility
  • How to determine what options are best for you

Part A – Hospital Coverage

  • Helps cover inpatient hospital and skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, home health care, and other medical services
  • Premium-free for most people who have worked (or spouse has worked) for at least 10 years and paid Medicare taxes
  • Monthly premium is applicable for all others

Part B – Medical Coverage

  • Helps cover medically necessary services like doctor services, outpatient care, home health services and other medical services (When covered by employer group or union health coverage with 20+ employees, may be able to refuse Part B coverage without incurring penalties; please check with Social Security)
  • May enroll later during special enrollment period
  • Monthly premium applies

Part C – Medicare Advantage Plans

  • Offered through private health insurance plan
  • Must have Medicare Part A and Part B and live in the plan service area
  • Monthly premium may apply in addition to Part B premium

Part D – Prescription Drug Coverage

  • Offered through private health insurance plans
  • Must have Medicare Part A and/or Part B
  • Monthly premium may apply in addition to Part B premium

Medicare Supplement or Medigap Plans

  • Offered through private health insurance plans
  • “Supplements” Original Medicare
  • Helps pay your share of copays, coinsurance and deductibles
  • Must have Medicare Part A and Part B
  • Monthly premium may apply in addition to Part B premium
  • Does not include prescription drug coverage

Meet Our Medicare Team

Eric Johnson is a Medicare & Health Insurance Advisor for AmeriCU Insurance Services.

Eric Johnson

Medicare & Health Insurance Advisor | With Offices Located in Griffiss, Rome, North Utica, Commercial Drive, Herkimer, Oneida, Cazenovia, Cortland, and Camillus

Phone: 315.356.3000 ,6262

[email protected]

Thomas Klamm is a Medicare & Health Insurance Advisor at AmeriCU Insurance Services.

Thomas Klamm

Medicare & Health Insurance Advisor | With Offices Located in Fort Drum, Watertown, Lowville, Cicero, Liverpool, Fayetteville, Syracuse, Armory Square, Auburn, and Onondaga Hill

Phone: 315.356.3000 ,3307

[email protected]

Medicare Plan Details

Medicare Advantage Plan Details

You may join, switch or drop a Medicare Advantage plan:

  • When you first become eligible for Medicare (from 3 months before you turn age 65 to 3 months after the month you turn age 65).
  • If you get Medicare due to a disability, you may join during the 3 months before to 3 months after your 25th month of disability.
  • You may enroll during the Annual Election Period, October 15 – December 7, with coverage beginning on January 1 of the following year.
  • During the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP), January 1 to March 31. individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MA-PD) are allowed to make a one-time election to switch to a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan (MA-PD) or to disenroll from their MA / MA-PD plan and obtain coverage through Original Medicare. If you disenroll from an MA or MA-PD plan and return to Original Medicare, you will be able to enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).
Medicare Plan Requirements

In most cases, you must stay enrolled in the plan you choose for that calendar year (starting the date your coverage begins). In certain situations, you may be able to join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage plans during a Special Enrollment Period. A few examples of a Special Enrollment Period are:

  • If you lose creditable coverage (loss of employer group coverage)
  • If you make a permanent move into or out of the plan’s service area
  • If you have both Medicare and Medicaid
  • If you become approved for Low Income Subsidy (LIS — extra help) or NYS EPIC
  • If you qualify for any other exceptional conditions determined by the Centers

Free Medicare Office Hours and Seminars

  • Cazenovia Financial Center -2/26/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Liverpool Financial Center -2/27/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Watertown Financial Center -3/5/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Rome Financial Center -3/11/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Cicero Financial Center -3/12/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Syracuse Financial Center -3/19/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Griffiss Financial Center -3/25/2024 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
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