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Press Release: NY State of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Partner to Encourage Health Insurance Enrollment at Farmers’ Markets Throughout the State

Jun 24, 2016

Educational Information Available at over 400 Farmers’ Markets

Enrollment Assistors On-Site at Select Farmers’ Markets

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) - NY State of Health (NYSOH), the state’s official health plan marketplace, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) are pleased to announce the second seasonal campaign to educate shoppers about affordable health insurance coverage at 450 farmers’ markets statewide.  Certified enrollment assistors will be available at the select market locations listed below to help shoppers apply and enroll in coverage.

“Our partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and local farmers’ markets helps build bridges to a healthier community by promoting access to healthier foods and health insurance at farmers’ markets throughout the state,” said NYSOH Executive Director Donna Frescatore. “We thank the NYSDAM and market managers for their collaboration.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Access to healthy food options and reasonably priced health insurance are essential for all New Yorkers.  This campaign helps address both of those critical needs, and we are proud to partner with NY State of Health once again on this important effort. Visitors to the participating markets are encouraged to get their health insurance questions answered, and also to enjoy some of the incredible, locally-produced fruits and vegetables offered by New York’s farmers.”

 

Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential Plans are open to enrollment all year for eligible New Yorkers. The Essential Plan, which is new in 2016, is available at a monthly cost of $20 or $0 depending on income for those who qualify. Others may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period if they experience a qualifying life event.

Assistors will be on-site at the following farmers markets:

Location

Address

Time

Dates

Elmira East Side Farmers’ Market

West Lawn of Holiday Inn,

760 East Water Street NY

3 p.m. –

6 p.m.

June 24

Oneida County Public Farmers’ Market

321 Main Street,

Utica, NY

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

June 25

Fulton Farmers’ Market

Canalview Park & Shop Lot, Second South Street, Fulton, NY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

June 25

Gloversville Farmers’ Market

Elm St., Pavilion between Church & Spring Street, Gloversville, NY

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

June 25

Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

Skillman, between 42 & 43 Streets,

Queens

10 a.m. –

12 p.m.

June 25

Jackson Heights Farmers’ Market

34th Avenue between 77 & 78 Streets

Jackson Heights, NY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

June 26

Cortelyou Farmers’ Market

Cortelyou & Rugby Roads,

Brooklyn, NY

10 a.m. –

12 p.m.

June 26

City of Cortland Farmers’ Market

Main Street between Court and Orchard Streets, Cortland, NY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

June 28

Berkshire Rome Farmers’ Market

101 West Dominick Street

Rome NY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

July 1

Plattsburgh Farmers’ Market

City Parking Lot on Durkee & Broad Streets, Plattsburgh, NY

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

July 2

Troy Waterfront

Farmers’ Market

444 River Street

Troy, NY

9 a.m. –

12 p.m.

July 2

Islip Farmers’ Market

Town Hall, Lot Rte. 27A

Islip, NY

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

July 9

Freeport Farmers’ Market

130 East Merrick Road, North Parking Lot

Freeport, NY

11 a.m. –

1 p.m.

July 9

City of Rochester Public Market

280 North Union Street

Rochester, NY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

July 16

Ossining Farmers’ Market

Main & Spring Streets, Downtown Ossining, NY

8 a.m. -1 p.m.

July 16

Troy Waterfront

Farmers’ Market

444 River Street

Troy, NY

9 a.m. –

12 p.m.

July 23

Clinton Bailey Farmers’ Market

1443 Clinton Street,

Buffalo, NY

8 a.m. –

12 p.m.

August 6

 

For more information on how to enroll, call 1-855-355-5777, visit our website at http://nystateofhealth.ny.gov, or contact a  NY State of Health enrollment assistor.

For a full list of NYSOH events throughout the summer, visit http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/events.

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About NYSOH

New York opened its Health Plan Marketplace, NY State of Health, in October 2013. The Marketplace’s one-stop health insurance shopping experience offers high quality comprehensive plans for consumers to choose from. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. The NY State of Health Small Business Marketplace for employers is open to enrollment throughout the year.  Eligible New Yorkers can also enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan through the Marketplace all year.  For more information about the NY State of Health Marketplace, please visit https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or call Customer Service at 1-855-355-5777.     

Contact: New York State Department of Health

518 474 7354, ext. 1

press@health.ny.gov

 

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