Marie Cantone, the founder of Medicare Made Easy, is a licensed insurance professional for over 15 years. The focus of Medicare Made Easy is to help families make the appropriate choice when they purchase Medicare supplement plans, advantage plans and prescription drug plans. Marie’s clients tell her she has a unique ability to make a complicated subject easy to understand. They feel confident they have chosen the best insurance for their unique needs.
For five years, Marie owned and operated her own franchise. Prior to owning a franchise, she was a partner in a marketing/sales consultant firm, as well as a Director of Marketing for a consumer products company for 15 years. In addition, she has travelled extensively overseas developing a number of strategic manufacturing and marketing alliances.
Marie is a sought-after speaker for Medicare insurance planning and special needs planning. She has written articles on the topic of special needs children and parents of special needs children. Her article, “A Historic Day: The Celebration of Downs Syndrome,” was published in New York Parent Magazine in 2012. She is also a contributing author to a best seller “Journey to the Stage.” Marie’s story has been included in Ambassadors of HOPE (Help One Person Everyday) which is something Marie exemplifies in her commitment to make the world a better place.
Marie has been on the board and an active volunteer for 22 years with Camp Northstar, a camp for individuals with special needs. She was previously on the board of Toys of Hope. She was an officer on the Board of Directors for The Long Island Way, a networking organization whose mission is to bring businesses and non-profits together and promote community awareness. In addition, Marie is an active member and facilitator in many networking groups. She is also on the executive board of SCWBEC.
For more than a decade, Marie has been a dedicated volunteer, devoting her free time to community service/volunteerism. She was the recipient of the “2010 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year,” awarded by The Long Island Way. Marie was awarded a proclamation from Suffolk County for her significant contributions to the community in 2015.
In 2013, she launched Changing Hands, an approved 501 © (3) non-profit organization. The goal of Changing Hands is to promote self-confidence for individuals with special needs on a one-to-one and collective basis. They provide volunteer opportunities to people with disabilities, primarily learning and developmental, with an opportunity to lead fulfilling lives by being contributing members of society.