New York provides greater access to health insurance for immigrants than many other states.
Depending on your immigration status, you may be eligible for public or private health insurance, including the new tax credits to lower health insurance costs available through NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace.
Many uninsured immigrants in NYC can get public or private health insurance through NY State of Health.
Undocumented immigrants cannot get private health insurance through NY State of Health, but there are coverage and care options available to you.
- To find out what you may qualify for based on your immigration status, call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5777.
- You can also look at a chart created by the Empire Justice Center, a not-for-profit organization in NY, that talks about some of the immigration status requirements for different coverage options available through NY State of Health. This report is available here.
Public Health Insurance Coverage
- NY State residents, regardless of their immigration status, are eligible for some public health insurance coverage such as Child Health Plus, Prenatal Care Services through Medicaid, Medicaid for Pregnant Women, and Medicaid for the treatment of an Emergency Medical Condition. For each program, you must meet other eligibility criteria, including income requirements.
- Many of these public health insurance programs will be available through NY State of Health in 2014.
Private Health Insurance Coverage
- Undocumented immigrants are not eligible to purchase coverage through NY State of Health, but may be able to purchase coverage outside of the Marketplace. Visit finder.healthcare.gov to see what health insurance plans are available in your area.
To learn more about coverage options for yourself and your family, you can visit an in-person assistor/navigator. They will talk with you in person, in your preferred language, about your coverage options. The Navigator will also help eligible family members apply for insurance in the Marketplace.
Medical care for the uninsured
If you do not have health insurance and need care, you can still receive services.
New York City’s public hospital system, the Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and local community health centers provide medical care on a sliding-fee basis, depending on your income.
This care is available and will remain available to everyone, even if you are undocumented.
For more information on where you can get care if you are uninsured, click here.