NY State of Health, New York’s Official health plan Marketplace, wants you to be aware of the following information concerning health insurance.
If your job or income has changed, NY State of Health is here for you. If you recently became unemployed, lost your health coverage, or are currently uninsured, you can apply now for coverage through NY State of Health. You may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid, the Essential Plan, or Child Health Plus. Individuals who lose job-based health insurance should apply within 60 days of losing that coverage.
Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan is open all year. You can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan during the annual Open Enrollment Period, or a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if you are eligible. NY State of Health has opened a SEP during the COVID-19 public health emergency through August 15, 2020.
There are three ways to apply:
1) Enroll through the NY State of Health website: nystateofhealth.ny.gov
2) Enroll by phone with an Enrollment Assistor
3) Enroll by phone with Customer Service: 1-855-355-5777
All health plans offered through the Marketplace include doctor’s visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity, and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse disorder services, prescription drug coverage, rehabilitative and habilitative services, and devices, laboratory services; preventive and wellness services, chronic disease management, and pediatric dental and vision coverage. Preventive care, such as routine office visits and recommended screenings are free.