Welcome to the website of the Human Resources Administration's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA)!
This website is an extension of our on-going work to insure that those New Yorkers who are eligible for public health insurance programs such as Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid are identified and enrolled in those programs, and to expand access to affordable coverage for the City's small businesses, sole proprietors and working individuals.
OCHIA's HealthStat Initiative brings access to public health insurance programs to the City's neighborhoods and provides face-to-face enrollment opportunities for potentially eligible residents at various neighborhood venues throughout the City. From January 2002 to the fall of 2005, HealthStat's community outreach efforts have enrolled 268,000 New York residents in public health insurance programs.
Through this website you can access clear, concise information about available public health insurance programs, use an electronic pre-screening tool to determine the program you may be eligible for as well as learn about a range of health care and other public benefit resources for low-income New Yorkers.
For small business owners, sole proprietors and independent entrepreneurs, finding affordable health insurance can be a challenge. New Yorkers are fortunate to have five special health insurance options -- Healthy New York, Health Pass, Brooklyn Health Works, LIA Health Alliance and Working Today-that have offer small businesses and working individuals health insurance options especially designed for them. Our website features a guide to health insurance options -- a handy overview of these five special programs-- as well as a pre-screening function to help users assess the suitability of these options. Our partner, the Department of Small Business Services also makes information about these options available through the City's information hotline, 311, and through its network of Business Solution Centers across the City.
Serving the City's uninsured population is work that OCHIA can only do in partnership with the wide array of public and private sector entities, individuals and organizations who share our commitment to finding those who lack coverage, understanding their needs and connecting them to coverage options and health care resources that help them meet their needs effectively and affordably. We seek the partnership and feedback of all those who will use this website to inform our work in expanding access to health insurance for New Yorkers.