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About OCHIA

Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access
Welcome to Health Insurance Link (HILINK). This website helps New Yorkers learn how to get the health coverage and care they need.
About OCHIA


Aged, Blind and Disabled

Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled
The Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled program helps New Yorkers enroll in Medicaid and programs to help pay for Medicare through the Human Resources Administration (HRA).
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Children’s Health Coverage from Birth

Children’s Health Coverage from Birth
Children will be able to get Child Health Plus health insurance from the day they are born, thanks to a new law that goes into effect January 2017.
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All Pregnant Women Can Enroll on the NYSOH

All Pregnant Women Can Now Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage Any Time through the NYSOH
On December 23rd, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation making New York the first state in the country to add pregnancy to the list of “qualifying life events” that allow individuals to enroll on the NYSOH outside of open enrollment.
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LGBTQI Get Covered

LGBTQI Get Covered
We’re celebrating LGBTQI Week of Action for Health Insurance. Learn more about how you and your LGBTQI loved ones can find a plan that meets your needs and budget.
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Your Rights to Preventive Care

Your Rights to Preventive Care
Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans must cover all recommended preventive services, like cancer screenings, without cost-sharing. A new federal FAQ helps explain your rights to certain preventive services.
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NY State's Essential Plan

*NEW* Essential Plan
New York State’s new Essential Plan offers free or low cost health insurance. You could pay less than $1 a day or nothing at all, if you qualify.
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Protecting People from Health Care Discrimination

Protecting People from Health Care Discrimination
The federal government released proposed rules to protect people from health care discrimination. Individuals and organizations can comment on the rules before November 9, 2015.
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New health insurance Protections for Transgender New Yorkers

New Health Insurance Protections for Transgender New Yorkers
UPDATE: Recent changes in New York State and federal private and public insurance policies will help transgender New Yorkers access care.
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2016 Health Insurance Rates for New York City
New York State’s Department of Financial Services recently approved health insurance premium rates for 2016 plans.
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Your IDNYC and Your Health
Did you know you can get access to health services with your IDNYC card?
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King v. Burwell Decision

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Health Insurance Subsidies
On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that people who enrolled in health insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace can keep their subsidies.
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Health Insurance rates for Next Year

Health Insurance Rates for Next Year
Health insurance companies recently sent applications to New York State to request raising, lowering, or maintaining health insurance premiums for next year.
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Making Sure Birth Control Methods are Free

Making Sure Birth Control Methods are Free
The federal government issued new guidance to tell insurance companies they must cover all methods of contraceptive care without charging patients copays or deductibles.
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ABCs of Health Care Terms

Be an Educated Health Care Consumer
Most of us don’t know healthcare terms until we need to, like when we go to the doctor or get a bill. Learn the ABCs of health care.
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Young Adults

Young Adults
There are low-cost options for you. Find out how you can save money and get insured.
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Small Businesses: 50 or Fewer Employees

Small Business Owner?
Find out what you need to know to offer health insurance to your employees. The Marketplace is open to employers year-round.
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Applying for Public Health Insurance is Changing

Applying for Public Health Insurance Has Changed
Most consumers under age 65 who want to sign-up for Medicaid should apply through the NY State of Health, New York’s Official Health Plan Marketplace.
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BigAppleRx

BigAppleRx Can Help You Save Money on Your Prescriptions
BigAppleRx is the City of New York's official prescription discount card designed to help all NYC consumers save on both brand name and generic medications.
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