NYC Health + Hospitals Hosts Free Health Insurance Workshops to Prepare New Yorkers For Upcoming Open-Enrollment Periods

Workshops, open to the public, help residents understand the best health plan options for individuals and families

For people with Medicare, open enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7, 2019

This is the seventh consecutive year NYC Health + Hospitals and CMS are partnering to bring free workshops to communities across New York City

(New York, NY – October 16, 2019) – NYC Health + Hospitals today announced a series of free health insurance workshops to prepare New Yorkers for the upcoming open-enrollment periods. Collaborating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the workshops will help community partners, faith-based organizations, caregivers, and community members understand health insurance options available to them as they prepare for the open-enrollment periods for Medicare and New York State of Health, the State’s official online marketplace. This is the seventh consecutive year NYC Health + Hospitals and CMS are partnering to bring free workshops to communities across New York City. The collaboration with CMS builds on the City’s commitment of Guaranteed Care, ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to affordable, high-quality care.

“You can only make the right decisions on health insurance for you and your family if you have all the information,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals. “There are many factors that one should consider before selecting health insurance, from family needs to individual health needs, so I encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of this free information. For those looking to apply for health insurance, our staff can help you get connected with information, and for those not eligible for coverage or unable to afford it, we can help you get enrolled in NYC Care or NYC Health + Hospitals’ Options.”

“With open enrollment coming up, training our community partners and community members about Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance is as important as it has ever been,” said Frank Winter, Partnership Manager, CMS New York Regional External Affairs Office. “Medicare Advantage premiums in New York are down by an average of more than $2 a month, and with improved tools on medicare.gov to help beneficiaries compare coverage options, it’s a great time to shop around.  Our workshops help explain what’s out there and we provide tools and resources to resolve issues that come up relating to health insurance coverage going into Medicare open enrollment and open enrollment for the New York State of Health.”

“Health insurance is complicated and it can be difficult to know which plan you need,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried.  “These workshops will be helpful for New Yorkers trying to understand their options during the open enrollment period, and I applaud NYC Health + Hospitals, CMS, and their community partners for organizing these events.”

“Every New Yorker who is eligible for insurance needs to know the options that are available to them, and I want to thank NYC Health + Hospitals for hosting these free workshops. Having medical experts and community organizers available to assist individuals and answer questions about different insurance options, particularly regarding Medicare and Medicaid, will go a long way towards demystifying what can be a very confusing process for many,” said Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Hospitals.

Health insurance specialists from CMS will provide updates on Medicare parts A, B, C, and D, Medicaid basics, preventive services, enrollment assistance and resources for the uninsured, and more. Workshops are open to community partners, faith-based organizations, caregivers, community members, and NYC Health + Hospitals’ staff.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 8:30AM – 1:00PM

NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter

1752 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10035

Register Here

With the exception of people with Medicare, the next open enrollment period for New York State of Health, when residents will be able to either change their insurance plan, or enroll in health insurance for the first time, will start on November 1, 2019. For people with Medicare, the annual enrollment period began as of October 15, 2019, and ends December 7, 2019. During this time, people with Medicare can select a Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug plan. They can also switch plans if they are already enrolled.

Registration is free and required in advance of the event. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will have the chance to win a fitness tracker. Participants may also register by calling: 212-788-3450.

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