Getting Yourself Ready to Enroll in Health Insurance
Beginning January 1, 2014: You and your family members will have an opportunity to shop and sign up for health insurance coverage through an on-line marketplace called the New York State of Health: Official Health Plan Marketplace. Through this website, you will be able to see what financial assistance you are eligible for and choose a health plan that gives you the right balance of medical coverage and affordability.
Learn more about what health care reform offers immigrants, young adults, sole proprietors, and small businesses - including information on premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Information is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
In order to make things easier for you to be ready to apply when you go to see an In-Person Assistor (Navigator or Certified Application Counselor), below is a list of items that could be helpful for you to have ready.
Ready to Go! Checklist:
Make sure you understand how coverage works
- Including things like premiums, tax credits, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, copayments, open enrollment period and coverage period. You will want to consider these details while you are looking for health insurance. For more information, visit Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access.
Make a list of questions
- Understand your medical needs (medications and/or Providers).
- If you have a personal doctor, check what plan(s) they are affiliated with or if you don’t have a personal doctor, you can be provided with a list for your selection.
- Policy numbers for anyone with current or additional health insurance in the household.
Have an active email account
- If you don’t have one, there are free email accounts such as (Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook). A CAC can also help you set one up if you do not have an email account.
Social Security number
- Needed for you and every member of your household who needs health insurance or is listed on your federal tax return.
- Document type and number for any member of your household who are lawfully present immigrants.
Date of Birth
- Correct dates for you and every member of your household who needs health insurance.
- About you and every member of your household, including each person’s wages and contact information for employers. (Pay stubs, W-2 forms, Tax ID number or tax statements.)
NYC DOHMH Enrollment Sites
The following Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Clinics have Certified Application Counselors (CACs) to assist you in applying for free or low cost health insurance
|Certified Application Counselor
|Washington Heights Health Center
600 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
|Riverside Health Center
160 West 100th Street
New York, NY 10025
By Appointment Only
|Tremont Health Center
1826 Arthur Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457
|Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Crown Heights Health Center
1218 Prospect Place
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Homecrest Health Center
1601 Avenue S
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(ext. 129, 144, 150)
Corona Health Center
34-33 Junction Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
|Jamaica Health Center
90-37 Parsons Boulevard,
Jamaica, NY 11432
|Richmond Health Center
51 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
By Appointment Only
For additional information about available health insurance programs and how to apply, call 311 or visit New York State of Health: Official Health Plan Marketplace.
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