2/20/21: New York’s health insurance Open Enrollment Period will be further extended to May 15, 2021, aligning with states across the country. With this extension, New York joins the federal Marketplace and other state-based Marketplaces giving consumers even more time to enroll for 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s health insurance Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
12/18/20: The deadline to sign up for a health plan through NY State of Health has been extended. New Yorkers have two more weeks (until December 31) to enroll in a health plan that begins on January 1. “As the pandemic continues, it is especially important for New Yorkers to have access to high-quality, affordable health insurance,” said Donna Frescatore, NY State of Health Executive Director. Visit their website or call 1-855-355-5777 to enroll.
11/16/20: NY State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The “Find Services” web application was developed in partnership with Google.org, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we’re seeing an unprecedented demand for social services, and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users.
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We can’t underestimate the strain of COVID fatigue. Mental health is just as important as physical health. New Yorkers can call the State’s mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for free emotional support, consultations & referrals to a provider or visit the Office of Mental Health for resources.