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Health Coverage & Care for    Immigrants

New York City is a city of immigrants.  More than 3 million residents are foreign-born. There are more health insurance and health care options for immigrants in NYC than in many other states.

The links below provide additional information on options for immigrants:

Insurance Through NY State of Health (NYSOH)
Public Health Insurance Outside of NYSOH
Private Health Insurance Outside of NYSOH
Health Care Options for Immigrants

Insurance Through NY State of Health

NY State of Health (NYSOH) - many immigrants in NYC can get public or private health insurance through this marketplace.

Depending on your immigration status, you may be eligible for full or limited public health insurance coverage, or financial assistance to lower your private health insurance costs.
  • To find out what you may qualify for, call the 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. The chart describes categories of immigration statuses – such as “qualified aliens”, “PRUCOL” “lawfully present” and “out of status” used by different health insurance programs.
Keep in mind, it doesn’t hurt to apply.  Even if you can’t get insurance, your family members may be eligible for coverage.

Getting health insurance through NY State of Health will not affect your immigration status.  It will not be held against you if you apply to change or renew your immigration status.
  • The information you provide on the application is only used to see if you or your family members are eligible for health insurance. 
  • The federal government has said online here and here, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed in a letter, that information from the marketplaces is protected and it won’t be used against immigrants or members of their households for other purposes.

NYSOH & Public Health Insurance – some public health insurance programs require you to have a certain type of immigration status.  For each program, you must also meet income and other eligibility criteria.
  • Naturalized citizens and some residents whose immigration status falls into the classification of “qualified alien”, “PRUCOL”, or “lawfully present” can get public health insurance in NY.
  • How long you have been in the U.S. does not matter.  In NY, recent immigrants do not have to wait 5 years to get public health insurance.
All residents, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for Child Health Plus, Medicaid for Pregnant Women, and Medicaid for the treatment of an Emergency Medical Condition.
  • This means, residents whose immigration status is “undocumented” or “out of status” can enroll in these programs if they also meet the program’s other eligibility criteria.

NYSOH & Private Health Insurance – naturalized citizens and lawfully present immigrants are eligible for financial assistance to lower their private insurance costs, so long as they also meet income and other eligibility criteria.

  • Residents with undocumented or out-of-status immigration status are not eligible for federal financial assistance (tax credits and cost-sharing reductions) for private health insurance.  They also cannot purchase a private health plan at full cost in the marketplace. 

Get help applying in your preferred language -  To learn more about coverage options for yourself and your family in NYSOH, 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.
  • Find a Navigator in your area online or by calling 311 or 1-855-355-5777.

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Public Health Insurance Outside of NYSOH

The City’s Human Resources Administration still provides Medicaid to most residents over age 65, residents who have Medicare, and residents who are seeking Medicaid coverage related to a disability or blindness in NYC.  Immigration status, income and other eligibility requirements continue to apply to these Medicaid programs.

Private Health Insurance Outside of NYSOH

All residents, including undocumented immigrants, may be able to purchase private health insurance outside of the marketplace. Visit to see what private health plans are available in your area.

Health Care Options for Immigrants

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.

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