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Health Insurance Update

A second Open Enrollment period that was slated to end April 15 has been extended until May 15.

This extension helps uninsured New Yorkers get low – or no-cost healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The extension is in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In New York City, residents can sign up for insurance through the “GetCoveredNYC” program. The program asks uninsured New Yorkers to fill out a form online or call 311 for free enrollment assistance. Specialists are available to help in multiple languages. Residents can also call 311 or text CoveredNYC (SeguroNYC en Español) to 877877 to be connected to a GetCoveredNYC Specialist and receive free enrollment assistance.

Telehealth Services

NYSHIP has started providing free telehealth benefits to help them access health care services remotely. LiveHealth Online lets enrollees teleconference with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. 

Telehealth visits are covered at no cost. Click here for information about how to register and access telehealth services.

Resources:

NYC Health<https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/health-insurance.page> | Health Insurance: Enrollment Counselors

Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

If you are 65 or older, certified blind or certified disabled, you may qualify for Medicaid. You can get free, in-person assistance to apply for Medicaid, Medicare and the Medicare Savings Program, which helps cover Medicare costs. Note, this assistance is separate from the NY State of Health Marketplace services.

To make an appointment, call 347-396-4705.

Health Insurance for Children in the Early Intervention Program

If you have a child in the New York City Early Intervention Program, your child may qualify for Medicaid and other benefits, even if you already have health coverage.

Additional Resources

·       If you are not eligible for health insurance, NYC Care is available in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

·       Watch a series of videos about how enrollment counselors can help you

·       Get plan comparisons, cost estimates and more help from the New York State of Health Marketplace

·       Health Insurance Sign-Up with Counselors Brochure

·       Public Charge: Does It Apply to Me?

New York State of Health helps individuals select the right health insurance for individual, family or small business needs.

 

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