A program to provide insurance for those without has been extended to Sept. 15, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday.
New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York State’s health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
“While we’ve crushed the curve of the virus, we are still in challenging times for hard-working families throughout the state who need access to quality, affordable health care,” Cuomo said. “The state has maintained low infection rates and is moving in the right direction, but we know we’re not out of the woods yet. By offering this special enrollment period, we’re making sure New Yorkers who need affordable and at times live-saving health care coverage can get it.”
New York State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore said the program “continues to serve as a safety net for New Yorkers in need of health insurance coverage during this unprecedented public health emergency. Individuals can find and enroll in affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage, and our Customer Service Center and enrollment assistors are available to help with this process.”
The State Department of Health, together with the State Department of Financial Services and New York State insurers, are taking this action so that individuals do not avoid seeking testing or medical care due to a lack of health insurance coverage. Individuals who have lost employer coverage must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage and individuals who have lost income may be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plans.
Individuals who enroll in a qualified health plan through NY State of Health or directly through insurers by September 15, 2020 will have a choice of coverage start date either September 1 or October 1, 2020. Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round. All New York insurers have cost sharing for COVID-19 testing.