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Schumer wants Medicare protection for seniors

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 21:00:23-04

Anyone over the age of 65 will have to apply for Medicare, even if they don’t want or need it.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is warning people who are turning 65 this year that they must register in time for Medicare, or else face major penalties.  They could be left uninsured, or forced to pay lifetime fees.

Schumer is proposing a bill that would require the federal government to notify seniors before being slapped with a penalty.

“We are saying, very simply to Medicare and social security, just notify everybody before they turn 65 that they have to apply, whether they are still working or not,” Schumer said.

Schumer believes “99% of people” would complete the application if they were given enough notice and reminders.

Schumer says there are almost ninety thousand Western New Yorkers who will turn 65 over the next couple years.