Helping Clients Navigate the Medicare System

  • Thu, September 11, 2014
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • James Lenox House, 49 East 73rd Street (bet. 5th and Madison Avenues)


Frederic Riccardi, Medicare Rights Center. Fred Riccardi has an M.S.W. from the Hunter College School of Social Work. He is the Director of Client Services at the Medicare Rights Center. The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

Josh Schultz,  Medicare Rights Center. Josh Schultz built a health insurance consumer advocacy business while attending Willamettee University in Salem Oregon. In this capacity, he helped patients around the United States navigate the fragmented health care delivery and insurance system, access needed medical care, and get their insurance claims paid. Josh is passionate about health care policy, and he views patient advocacy work at the Medicare Rights Center as a critical component to informing policymakers and ensuring good health policy outcomes.
Amy Bernstein, J.D. Department of the Aging, HIICAP.  Amy Bernstein is the founding director of the New York City Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP), a unit of the NYC Department for the Aging. Her background is in benefits law.
HIICAP educates New York‘s diverse 1.3 million seniors, caregivers and professionals with current, impartial information on health care coverage entitlements and options. Medicare, Medigap insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid eligibility, low-income Medicare beneficiary programs, prescription drug coverage and long-term care issues are the important topics on which she lectures. 

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