OCHIA promotes awareness of five special health insurance options specifically designed for small businesses and working individuals, namely Healthy New York, Health Pass, Brooklyn Health Works, LIA Health Alliance and Freelancers Union. Our partner, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, makes information about these options readily available through the City's information hotline, 311, and through its network of Business Solutions Centers across the City.
OCHIA partners with business and civic organizations, such as local chambers of commerce, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and other entities that serve the needs of small business. Through these partnerships, OCHIA to conduct forums on health insurance issues to reach a broader audience about the importance of health insurance and learn firsthand about the issues that small businesses and individuals face as they select and purchase coverage.
As part of its work to improve access to health insurance options, OCHIA also engages in policy initiatives that complement and support its outreach and enrollment efforts. This work involves monitoring trends in eligibility and enrollment and exploring ways to expand the range of affordable health options available to New York City residents. Most recently, OCHIA has worked to secure voluntary participation by insurers to provide domestic partner coverage for those businesses that purchase health insurance in the small group market in New York City.