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Message from the Executive Deputy    Commissioner

Welcome to NYC Health Insurance Link (HI Link), a website of the Human Resources Administration's Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA).

We are experiencing a time of unprecedented change in health care and health care coverage as we know it.

The Affordable Care Act requires most people to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014. In addition, all large businesses will have to offer insurance to their full-time workers.

New York State (NYS) is responsible for implementing much of the Affordable Care Act in New York. In this role, the State is changing how uninsured New Yorkers get insurance, as well as those who do not get coverage through a job. Specifically - NYS is assuming a greater responsibility for enrolling individuals into both public and private health insurance by establishing and administering a new online marketplace called NY State of Health for New Yorkers to find and, as appropriate, purchase coverage. This marketplace is also offering small businesses new insurance options.

To help New Yorkers understand what the federal health care law means to them, OCHIA has relauched HI Link.

The new HI Link website reflects the new rules and ways get coverage that the Affordable Care Act requires for both public and private insurance. We have combined and updated the information we use to provide on both of our office’s websites: the HealthStat site, which focused on public health insurance, and the HI Link, which focused on private health insurance.

Through HI Link, you can learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. You can also access clear, concise information about how to find health insurance, learn about federal health care reform, and locate a range of health care and other public benefit resources for low-income New Yorkers.

Welcome to your website for health coverage and care information. We welcome your comments and questions.

This website is an essential part of our on-going work to expand access to coverage for all New Yorkers. We also collaborate with a broad network of partners to deliver outreach, education and training on public and private health insurance. We welcome opportunities to work with organizations and groups that serve New Yorkers in need of coverage and care.

To learn more about our office, click here.



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