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  • Make The Road New York Increasing Immigrant Enrollment in Public Insurance Programs Through Targeted Education, Outreach, and Direct Assistance in 10 Languages Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $104,593

    Lack of health insurance among immigrant populations in New York State continues to be a critical issue. This grant to Make the Road New York funded a training program to teach community members to be “promotoras,” which promote health in their own communities by providing leadership, peer education, links to services, and resources to support the empowerment and engagement of community residents to improve health care systems. The program also trained health advocates—paid staff of community-based organizations—to help immigrant populations navigate the health care system. These programs were designed to help the community’s hardest-to-serve populations find and access health insurance and health care.

  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Inc. The Long Island Health Care Coalition Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $86,000

    Long Islanders feel the impact of uninsurance as strongly as other communities across New York State. To address this issue, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island attempted to standardize interpretations of eligibility rules and procedures used by various Long Island enrollment agencies to reduce health insurance applications processing delays and unnecessary rejected applications.

  • Enroll NY: Hudson Center for Health Equity & Quality Expanding Health Insurance Coverage in New York State: Streamlining Facilitated Enrollment and Development of Web-Based Eligibility Assessment Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $114,569

    The Hudson Center for Health Equity & Quality (the Hudson Center) developed, a Web-based, self-service insurance tool that uninsured New Yorkers can access online to learn about coverage options, determine their eligibility for public insurance, and begin the application process. The tool streamlines the largely on-paper enrollment process and paves the way for a paperless one. In 2009—the year following the end of the grant—the website had 8,692 unique visitors and an estimated 1,055 new enrollments were made through this system.

    While aimed at easing entry to coverage, facilitated enrollment is still a largely paper-driven—and often error-prone—time-intensive process. With this grant, the Hudson Center for Health Equity & Quality (Hcheq) will reduce inefficiencies associated with this system through creation of a Web-based “self-service” insurance enrollment tool.

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