Getting Yourself Ready to Enroll in Health Insurance
You and your family have an opportunity to shop and sign up for health insurance coverage through the on-line marketplace called the New York State of Health: The 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 is right for you and your family’s health needs and budget. If you ned assistance with enrollment, in-person help is available from Navigators and Certified Application Counselors that are located throughout the city. See below for how to find in-person assistance near you.
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 and on how to choose a plan. 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 apply below is a list of items that could be helpful for you to have ready.
Ready to Go! Checklist:
Get familiar with health insurance terms
Get familiar with health care plans
- If you qualify, you will need to choose a health plan. Learn how to decide what plan is best for you.
Make a list of questions
- List any medications you take and providers you see.
- If you have a regular doctor, check what plan(s) he or she accepts.
- If anyone in your household already has health insurance, bring that person’s policy number.
Have an active email account
- If you don’t have one, there are free email accounts such through Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and many more.
Know Your Social Security number
- Each member of your household who is signing up for health insurance will need their number.
Know Your Immigration status
- Materials that show proof of legal immigration status in the U.S, may be required
- Children can qualify for Child Health Plus regardless of immigration status
- Lawfully present immigrants can get health insurance
- The City’s public hospital system (HHC) and community health centers provide medical care on a reduced fee based on your income, regardless of immigration status
Date of Birth
- You will need to provide the birthdays of all members of your household who will be covered by your plan.
Know your current employment information
- You may want to bring pay stubs, W-2 forms, Tax ID number and tax statements for each member of your household who will be covered by the plan.
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 and help with enrolling: