The mission of the Human Resources Administration's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA) is to expand access to health insurance for all New Yorkers.
The office has two key priorities:
- To ensure that uninsured New Yorkers who are eligible for public health insurance programs such as Child Health Plus and Medicaid are enrolled
- To expand access to health insurance for the City’s small businesses, sole proprietors and working individuals.
We work to achieve these priorities through a variety of activities.
- OCHIA delivers outreach, education and training on public and private health insurance through a wide variety of forums and in collaboration with public and private sector partners.
- For more than 12 years, OCHIA has also brought access to public health insurance programs into neighborhoods and City Agencies across the five boroughs through our HealthStat Initiative. Through HealthStat, OCHIA partners with an array of public and private sector entities, individuals, and organizations who share our commitment to connecting the uninsured to coverage and care.
In 2009, Mayor Bloomberg, HRA Commissioner Robert Doar and OCHIA Executive Deputy Commissioner Marjorie Cadogan launched NYC Health Insurance Link (HI Link) (www.nyc.gov/hilink), a web-tool that allowed small businesses and individuals to compare costs and benefits of private health insurance plans, screen themselves for public health insurance, and stay updated on health care reform.
In 2013, HI Link was launched in Spanish, allowing individuals to utilize all aspects of the site in Spanish.
Most recently, we have relaunched HI Link to help New Yorkers learn what federal health care reform means to them, and understand their health insurance rights and responsibilities.
OCHIA also conducts policy research and analysis to inform its efforts and help improve access to coverage for all New Yorkers.
A lot is changing in the world of health insurance as New York State (NYS) implements the Affordable Care Act.
Throughout these changes, OCHIA is committed to helping New Yorkers understand their health insurance and health care rights and responsibilities.
We will continue to help educate New Yorkers through this website, HI Link, and fact sheets and other materials that we make available on it. We also will continue to work to educate and connect residents to coverage and care through community partnerships.
If you would like to partner with our office or request a presentation, please fill out and return the OCHIA participation form.