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Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) in New York

Extra Care, Resources and Support for You

Do you have both Medicare and Medicaid? You likely qualify for a Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP), a plan that gives you extra coverage you won’t receive with Original Medicare. For example, we have D-SNPs that include money for over-the-counter health items, and dental, vision and prescription drug coverage.

Am I Eligible for a D-SNP?


You are eligible for a D-SNP when you have both Medicare, a federal government program, and Medicaid, a state-run service. You can learn more about Medicare and Medicaid if you’re not sure which program you qualify for.

If you have both of these programs and we offer the plan where you live, exploring the extra coverage you could have is worth it – it could even be life-changing.

Benefits in Dual-Eligible Medicare Plans

Our D-SNPs give you dental, vision, hearing and prescription drug coverage. Make sure to check your area for specific coverage, as it can vary from state to state. But typically, a routine teeth cleaning or eye exam and preventive care screenings won’t cost you anything.

Preventive care benefits help you maintain your health, especially if you catch issues early on while they are easy to treat. That’s why preventive care is so important for your long-term health. Take the flu shot for an example. If you get a flu shot, you’ll lower your chances of catching the flu. And, if you do contract the flu, you’re less likely to have serious flu-related problems if you had the shot.

More Valuable Benefits in Our D-SNPs

Nutritional training; health and wellness education

Transportation services or in-home support

24/7 Nurse Help Line

Personal emergency response system

Occupational, physical and behavioral health therapy

How can we offer this coverage with low or no out-of-pocket costs for you? Medicare and Medicaid are government programs that provide enough resources for us to include these features and benefits. It’s really that simple. There are no catches or hidden fees.

Compare SNPs With Other Medicare Advantage Plans

If you're not eligible for a D-SNP, our Medicare Advantage plans also offer similar benefits. You just need to be enrolled in Original Medicare to apply. Try our shopping tool to help you find and compare Empire Medicare Advantage plans in your area.

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Y0114_20_123955_U CMS Accepted 08/20/2020

Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a Medicare Advantage Organization with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Empire BlueCross BlueShield depends on contract renewal.