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Urban Health Plan

  • Project Title: Enrollment Assistance Network Renewal
  • Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage
  • Grant Amount: $150,000
  • Date Awarded: April 13, 2015
  • Region: Bronx
  • Region: New York City
  • Website: http://www.urbanhealthplan.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 New Yorkers. To expand the reach of this network, the Altman Foundation provided funds in 2013 to support additional grantees, allowing NYSHealth to award a grant to Urban Health Plan, Inc., (UHP) to participate in this initiative. Along with continued grant support from the Altman Foundation, NYSHealth awarded UHP a second grant to continue these efforts in 2015.

With NYSHealth and Altman Foundation funding, UHP undertook a comprehensive range of consumer engagement activities and enrolled uninsured New Yorkers into coverage. Specifically, UHP offered culturally sensitive and language-specific enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals.

View a complete list of 2015 Enrollment Network grantees.