Get Health Care
Health insurance coverage very important. People who have it have been found to be healthier, more likely to receive preventative health care regularly and when they become sick they do not wait to get medical care.
Even though there are so many reasons that health insurance coverage is important, MANY people do not have it. In NYC alone, 1.2 million people under the age of 65 are uninsured. About half of these uninsured New Yorkers are eligible to apply for and get free or low-cost public health insurance coverage.
Go to our Get Health Care page to like to find out about the public health insurance programs that exist, what they cover and who is eligible to apply.
Keep Health Insurance
Once a person has Medicaid, Family Health Plus or Child Health Plus, every year they have to prove that they are still eligible for public health insurance. This process is called Renewal or Recertification, and it is now easier than ever. Many people do not even need to send documents in with it.
Each year about 50% of New Yorkers who are enrolled in these programs lose their health insurance because they don't complete the renewal form that is sent to them in their 9th month of coverage by Medicaid. If a person does not recertify, their Medicaid, Family Health Plus or Child Health Plus coverage will STOP.
Recertification is simple with a little help, but many people do not know where to go for this help. Community Health Advocates can help people recertify and make sure they keep their coverage.
Access Health Care
Not understanding how to use health insurance and managed care results in underutilization of medical services. This can lead to untreated health conditions, medical debt, and gaps in insurance coverage. See our pages Access Health Care and What to Know About Managed Care to learn more about managed care and to find out about people's rights and responsibilities when accessing health care.