New York’s Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment Deadline Is Fast Approching, Don’t Forget to Sign Up
The open enrollment period for health care coverage in 2019 is underway, but it is ending soon. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for health care coverage online through nystateofhealth.ny.gov New Yorkers can renew or sign up for new coverage until January 31st, the New York deadline, for coverage starting February 2019.
Health Insurance covers the vast majority of costs due to health emergencies or unexpected illness. The average cost for a three-day hospital stay is $30,000. Health insurance helps protect you from exorbitant medical costs that most uninsured Americans can’t afford. With health insurance, you also have access to regular checkups with primary care and specialized doctors to help you diagnose and treat illnesses before they complicate. With tax breaks and other financial help available for working families, coverage is more affordable than you think.
Here is a summary of what you need to know and remember about enrolling in or renewing your coverage:
- In New York, the local deadline to sign up for health care coverage is January 31, 2019. You can sign up at nystateofhealth.gov today!
- Financial help is available to make the cost of coverage more affordable. In recent years, most people have qualified for help and found insurance premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
- Plans and prices change every year. If you had coverage for 2018, be sure to research and compare your options for 2019. You may find a more affordable option that meets your needs.
- Free help is just a call or text away. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, call the NY State of Health hotline at 1 (855) 355-5777. You can talk to a certified counselor in person. You can also visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov to find organizations in your area that have a certified “navigator” on site to provide this service. In the Bronx and the rest of New York, residents can access these resources for free through Mayor de Blasio’s GetCoveredNYC initiative by calling 311 or texting CoveredNYC to 877-877.
Regardless of your income, health care history, or family size, there is a plan for you. Learn about your options and find an affordable plan that will protect you in case of an emergency and help you and your family stay healthy.
Congressman José E. Serrano