Certified Enrollment Assistors Provide Onsite Assistance at Job Fairs Across the State
Enrollees in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan Must Take Action to Renew Coverage Starting Spring 2023
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 15, 2023) – NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, will be attending job fairs throughout the state to educate New Yorkers on the importance of affordable health insurance while they browse potential employment opportunities. Certified enrollment assistors from the Marketplace will be available to help new and returning consumers compare health insurance options, access federal financial assistance, and enroll in a plan that is right for them.
“Job seekers may be currently unemployed, without health insurance, and unaware of their options. It is our priority to make sure New Yorkers have access to health coverage, no matter where they are in their career search,” NY State of Health Executive Director Danielle Holahan said. “Assistors at these job fairs will help new consumers enroll and take advantage of possible financial assistance and prepare current enrollees who may need to renew their coverage this spring.”
NY State of Health assistors will be present at the following job fairs.
Eligible New Yorkers who enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) will continue to receive enhanced federal tax credits through the Inflation Reduction Act to lower their premiums, including higher-income consumers who may qualify for financial assistance for the first time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the over 9 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), and the Essential Plan (EP) had their coverage automatically extended without eligibility reviews during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). However, federal rules require eligibility reviews to resume in spring 2023.
Renewal notices for these public program enrollees will be sent this spring and will include the deadline to renew before risking a gap in insurance coverage. Deadlines will be based on consumers’ enrollment end dates, ranging from June 30, 2023, through May 31, 2024. Enrollment in a QHP will remain open through spring of 2024, to allow consumers who are no longer eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus or the Essential Plan to remain covered under a QHP. Learn more about these important changes here.
To avoid a gap in coverage, NY State of Health is encouraging enrollees to update their accounts and make sure their contact information is current. Consumers can also receive text messages with important health insurance updates, including when it’s time to renew, by texting START to 1-866-988-0327. (To receive text alerts in Spanish, consumers can text INICIAR to the same number.)
There are three ways to enroll in a health plan through the Marketplace:
1. Meet with an enrollment assistor (in person or by phone) – you can find assistance here.
2. Call the NY State of Health Customer Service Center at 1-855-355-5777.
3. Go online to https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov. A chat feature is available on the website during customer service center hours to help you complete your application.
Contact: New York State Department of Health
518-474-2043 x. 2
About NY State of Health
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 health plans. NY State of Health is the only place where consumers can qualify to get help paying for coverage through premium discounts or tax credits. 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, TTY: 1-800-662-1220 or find an enrollment assistor.