Expanding Health Care Coverage
Multiple grants totaling more than $2.1 million
July 2013–December 2014DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT
With the advent of health reform, there was a high need for direct assistance and face-to-face support to help individuals complete health insurance enrollment applications.
When the ACA was passed 2010, it was clear that achieving the promise of health reform would not be easy, however. Many people were unaware of the opportunities ahead and unprepared to take advantage of its benefits. Compounding this information deficit, a majority of the uninsured individuals eligible for free or low-cost insurance coverage had low education levels, low incomes, and limited access to computers and online enrollment tools. Approximately half of New Yorkers who were uninsured and would qualify for either Medicaid or subsidized private insurance had a high school diploma or less. Given these challenges, there was a high need for direct assistance and face-to-face support to enroll New Yorkers in health insurance. New York State launched a multipronged strategy to engage uninsured residents and help them enroll in coverage
To complement the State’s efforts and enhance its impact, NYSHealth decided to fund an enrollment network of organizations that would reach individuals likely to be uninsured across New York State, focusing on three important populations: low-wage workers; immigrants; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Through a Request for Proposals process, NYSHealth awarded grants in 2013 to 19 organizations across New York to launch the Enrollment Network, a statewide initiative to conduct outreach and education to uninsured residents and help them enroll in health care coverage.