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Best of 2013: Expanding Health Care Coverage

  • 2013 was a landmark year for expanding health care coverage, with the October 1 launch of the health insurance marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to enroll millions of uninsured Americans, including more than 1 million New Yorkers, into health care coverage options.

    Who is likely to gain coverage through the ACA? A new data visualization of uninsured New Yorkers estimated to enroll in health care coverage is available at This interactive map, launched in September 2013, provides a snapshot of the areas and populations with the largest potential gains in coverage. 

    In 2013, NYSHealth also funded a range of outreach and enrollment efforts to help as many New Yorkers as possible gain health insurance coverage as the ACA is implemented. Ensuring that individuals and small businesses have the resources to understand their insurance coverage options and enroll is integral to the success of health reform.

    With support from NYSHealth, the Community Service Society of New York expanded its Small Business Assistance Program to help small businesses across the State get affordable health insurance and learn about their options.

    NYSHealth also is supporting a statewide enrollment network of community-based organizations that are conducting education, outreach, enrollment, and referrals, with a focus on communities known to be uninsured at disproportionately high rates.

    Through an NYSHealth grant to the Empire Justice Center, the Ambassadors for Coverage program is raising awareness about health insurance options in communities throughout New York with high rates of uninsurance. 

    Learn more about each of these initiatives and view a statewide map of their locations.

    Watch the video above to learn more about NYSHealth’s grantees who are working to expand health care coverage across New York.

    NYSHealth's Best of 2013

    Health Care
    Primary Care Veterans' Health Sandy Recovery
    Diabetes Care Immigrants' Health Mental Health &
    Substance Use