Medicare Open Enrollment Period for 2013 will end on Dec. 7

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Having survived Hurricane Sandy, many Staten Islanders, including members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) are now dealing with government agencies, contractors, insurance companies and health issues as they attempt to put their lives back in order.

Here is an important reminder:

Along with taking steps to heal from the storm’s devastation, seniors and other eligible Islanders have one additional insurance concern at this time of year: Medicare.

Carmelo DeFranco is president of New York City (NYC) Business Group, a full-service insurance agency based in Travis.

“People should be reminded that the federal government’s Medicare Open Enrollment Period for 2013 will end on Dec. 7,” said Carmelo DeFranco, president of New York City (NYC) Business Group, one of New York’s leading insurance agencies.

Current or newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, including people with Original Medicare, have just days to review their current health and prescription drug coverage, compare health and drug plan options available in our area, and choose coverage that best meets their needs.

“Choosing the right plan in so short a period of time, particularly while experiencing stress in the wake of Sandy, may seem like an overwhelming responsibility. But it doesn’t have to be,” DeFranco said. “We can help.”


Open year-round, NYC Business Group takes the difficulty out of choosing the best plan by guiding people through the entire Medicare and health-plan selection process – free of charge.

The firm is equipped to match clients with the supplemental insurance plans most suitable for their individual situation. NYC Business Group represents most major insurance carriers, and can cost-effectively fulfill your requirements for Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Health Plans.

“As an authorized representative of insurers such as Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield; AARP® Medicare Plans from UnitedHealthcare® (UHC); EmblemHealth®, and Touchtone, we routinely provide clients with a free comparison between all the different plans offered on Staten Island,” DeFranco said. “In addition, our firm has knowledge of which doctors and prescriptions are covered by each of the plans.”


In addition to serving clients at home or at the firm’s Travis headquarters, NYC Business Group has teamed with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to provide free informational Medicare material to consumers in three Walgreens locations on Staten Island, including the retailer’s stores at: 1551 Richmond Ave., Graniteville; 1227 Forest Ave., West Brighton, and 1579 Forest Ave., Port Richmond Center.

NYC Business Group specializes in Medicare, group-health plans for small to medium-size businesses and employee benefits packages. The company serves thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of employees and Medicare recipients throughout the New York region.


A full-service insurance agency, NYC Business Group offers a complete range of insurance products for families and individuals, such as health, home, flood and auto, and a full suite of commercial insurance products for businesses.

All of NYC Business Group’s services, including those discussed at, are paid for by the agency’s insurance carriers and provided at no cost to its clients.

For additional information, or to make an appointment for a free consultation, New York City (NYC) Business Group may reached at 718-554-3425 or via email at  The firm may also be visited on like at


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