Senior Benefits Information Centers (SBICs) are a free service available in eight Westchester County public libraries that helps adults age 60 and over achieve a better understanding of important benefits and services that support seniors.
At the SBICs, you can meet with trained counselors in a private setting to get information about:
- Medicare - how to enroll, how to navigate services, how to change plans
- Part D prescription drug coverage
- Medicare savings plans for low-income seniors
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), food stamps and other benefit programs designed to assist seniors stay health and connected
In addition, for residents who prefer Spanish-language counselling, translators can be scheduled through a partnership with the Westchester Independent Living Center by calling (914) 231-3259.
SBICs are located at the libraries listed below. The Yonkers Riverfront Library is the only one that requires an appointment.
Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford
Counselors available Mondays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mount Kisco Public Library
100 Main St., Mount Kisco
Counselors available Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle
Counselors available Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave., Ossining
Counselors available the third, fourth and fifth Thursdays of the month, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Peekskill) The Field Library
4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
Counselors available the first and second Thursdays of the month, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Port Chester – Rye Brook Public Library
1 Haseco Ave., Port Chester
Counselors available Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Shrub Oak) John C. Hart Memorial Library
1130 Main St., Shrub Oak
Counselors available Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(Tarrytown) The Warner Library
121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
Counselors available Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Yonkers) Grinton I. Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers
Counselors available Tuesdays except the last Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Yonkers) Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center
Counselors available on the last Tuesday of the month by appointment only from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call (914) 231-3260 to specify a date and time and leave your name and callback number.
Help is also available at the Federal government’s Medicare site at www.medicare.gov or its helpline at (800) 633-4227.
The SBICs are a partnership of the Westchester Library System, the Medicare Rights Center, and Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services. They are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the New York State Office for the Aging.
Make a difference
The partnership is looking for additional volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 50 years old, have excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills, be comfortable with computers and using web-based forms, and be able to commit to 9-12 hours per month of service. Some knowledge of the health care system and fluency in Spanish is a plus.