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The LGBT Network

  • Project Title: Health Enrollment Network Renewal
  • Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage
  • Grant Amount: $150,000
  • Date Awarded: April 6, 2015
  • Region: Long Island
  • Region: New York City
  • Region: Queens
  • Website: http://www.lgbtnetwork.org/
  • Grant Status: Complete

Overview

More than 1 million individuals have enrolled in public and private coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Consumer assistance has played a critical role in helping previously uninsured individuals understand their health insurance options and apply for coverage—in New York alone, fully half of all those who enrolled in coverage relied on in-person assistance. Significant work remains, however, to eliminate barriers to coverage for more than 1 million New Yorkers who remain uninsured and to help those who did enroll renew their coverage. To complement the State’s efforts to engage and enroll uninsured residents, NYSHealth launched in 2014 a statewide enrollment network of community-based organizations to conduct education, outreach, enrollment, and referrals. These organizations directly reach populations known to be uninsured at disproportionately high rates: low-wage workers; immigrants; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers. NYSHealth awarded The LGBT Network (formerly the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc.) a grant in 2014 to participate in this initiative. NYSHealth awarded The LGBT Network a second grant to continue these efforts in 2015.

With NYSHealth funding, grantees of this initiative undertook a comprehensive range of consumer engagement activities and enrolled uninsured New Yorkers into coverage. Specifically, The LGBT Network provided LGBT residents of Long Island and Queens with targeted information about insurance options that meet the health care needs and improve health care outcomes of the LGBT population.

View a complete list of 2015 Enrollment Network grantees.