Options for NYC Veterans

GetCoveredNYC can help connect all New York City Veterans to appropriate health care coverage options, including VA health care, if you're eligible. The Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) and the Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) are partnering to connect New York City Veterans with health coverage and to ensure that no Veteran is left behind.

Text "CoveredNYCVet" ("SeguroNYCVet" en Español) to 55676 to receive a call from a GetCoveredNYC Specialist.

There is a health coverage option for every single Veteran living in New York City.  There are affordable options available for all, regardless of immigration, employment, or discharge status. GetCoveredNYC can help you find a plan that works.

Depending on your eligibility, some options may include:

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: You may be able to get VA health care benefits if you served in the active military, naval, or air service and didn't receive a dishonorable discharge. These benefits are not affected by any other health insurance you may have (like Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance).
  • TRICARE: TRICARE is the Department of Defense's (DoD) worldwide health care program for active duty and retired uniformed services members and their families.
  • NY State of Health Essential Plan: The New York State of Health Essential Plan is a free or low-cost insurance plan for adults with low incomes who don't qualify for Medicaid.
  • Qualified Health Plans: Qualified Health Plans are available on the NY State of Health Marketplace and directly from insurance companies. These are private insurance plans that follow the rules set by the Affordable Care Act, which include things like covering essential health services and meeting certain standards of cost sharing. Financial help is available to make these more affordable.
  • NYC Care: NYC Care is a health care access program that connects New Yorkers to low-cost and no-cost health care at NYC Health + Hospitals. NYC Care is available to people who can't qualify for or who cannot afford health insurance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid is a public health insurance for low income New Yorkers.
  • Medicare: Medicare is a public health insurance for individuals 65 and older, some people with disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease.
  • Medicare Savings Programs: Medicare Savings Programs help pay for Medicare costs. If you make $2,260 or less, you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program! Medicare Savings Programs may be used to help pay for your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.
  • Child Health Plus: This is New York State's health insurance plan for kids. Depending on your family's income, your child may be eligible to join either Children's Medicaid or Child Health Plus. How much you have to pay for this affordable plan also depends on your income.
  • Social Security Administration: The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers Social Security, Retirement Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and Survivors Benefits.

Share our flyer and social media graphics about health care for Veterans or connect directly with a GetCoveredNYC Specialist by texting "CoveredNYCVet" ("SeguroNYCVet" en Español) to 55676.