DoITT and LinkNYC Launch Healthcare Open Enrollment on Links Across the City

December 26, 2017

Health Insurance Enrollment Now Accessible on LinkNYC Tablets in all Five Boroughs

Deadline to Apply for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment is January 31

NEW YORK – The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and LinkNYC, New York’s fastest free public Wi-Fi network, today launched the Healthcare Open Enrollment app on Link tablets in all five boroughs, providing New Yorkers with access to enroll in health insurance during the Open Enrollment period. LinkNYC also launched Public Service Announcements on Links’ 55-inch digital displays alerting New Yorkers that the deadline to enroll is January 31st and that free enrollment assistance is available through GetCoveredNYC.

“LinkNYC’s superfast, free Wi-Fi is already a tremendously valuable resource for New Yorkers—and giving our neighbors the opportunity to get healthcare coverage right there at a Link kiosk only deepens that,” said Anne Roest, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. “Technology is a powerful tool for public good. We’re proud to prove that on the streets of New York City.”

“With LinkNYC, we are bringing critical information and services to the streets of New York City,” said Jen Hensley, General Manager of LinkNYC. “We are thrilled to use our platform of more than 1,100 Links to educate New Yorkers about the upcoming Open Enrollment deadline and give them the opportunity to enroll at Links across the five boroughs. This is especially important for the one in five New Yorkers that do not have broadband access at home. From launching Healthcare Open Enrollment on our tablets to voter information to the Aunt Bertha and ACCESS NYC social services platforms, LinkNYC is committed to leveraging digital age innovation to inform and help all New Yorkers on the go.”

Starting today, New Yorkers can directly access Healthcare Open Enrollment from Link tablets across the five boroughs to review their health insurance marketplace options, enroll in health insurance, and review or change existing plans.

“GetCoveredNYC continues to work with New Yorkers across the five boroughs to help them enroll in quality, affordable health insurance by the January 31, 2018 open enrollment deadline,” said Regina Schwartz, Director of the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit. “The federal government’s decision to shorten the enrollment period in many states is irresponsible and has created confusion across the country, including in New York, where enrollment continues through until January 31, 2018. LinkNYC’s partnership in this work will play an important role in educating New Yorkers about the deadline and provides yet another pathway to enroll in health insurance and receive the care they deserve.”

“LinkNYC is an invaluable contributor to expanding Wi-Fi access to all New Yorkers,” said Miguel Gamiño, Jr., New York City Chief Technology Officer. “Leveraging the Link tablets to accelerate healthcare enrollment demonstrates how the city is taking further action to ensure more New Yorkers are signed up for healthcare and how this technology can further benefit the public.”

For more information and to see a map of Links, visit link.nyc. For more information about enrollment, visit www.nyc.gov/aca.

About the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)

DoITT is the technology core of New York City government, working with over 100 city agencies and entities to deliver the tech they need to serve and empower New Yorkers. DoITT’s technology solutions help keep the five boroughs safe, strong, and vibrant. For more information, visit nyc.gov/DoITT or visit us on Facebook or Twitter

About LinkNYC

LinkNYC is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in early 2016, more than 1,200 Links are active across all five boroughs, with thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years.

More than 2.9 million people – more than the populations of the cities of Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Dallas, or San Diego – have used the free gigabit Wi-Fi service, with over 50,000 new users joining the network each week. Link Wi-Fi subscribers have used more than 2 petabytes of data on the LinkNYC network -- the equivalent of sending more than 21 billion emails, streaming 2 million hours of Netflix, sending 73 billion WhatsApp messages, or streaming 347 million songs.