Get Ready to Sign Up for Health Insurance

Signing-up for health insurance is faster and easier when you’re prepared. When meeting with a counselor, bring as much of the following information to your visit as you can for everyone in your household signing up. Your information will stay private.

Even if you don’t have all of this information, you can still start the sign-up process.

Household Information

  • Birth dates
  • Social Security numbers
  • Current employment and income information, such as tax statements, W-2 forms or pay stubs
  • Insurance cards, if members of your household have health insurance

Immigration Documents (required if you are a documented immigrant)

Items that show your legal immigration status in the U.S. can include:

  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card/ I-551)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94 or I-94A)
  • Passport
  • ORR Verification of Release Form (ORR UAC/R-1)

Helpful Tips

  • Pick a plan that is right for you and your family:
    • Know your family’s health history, including any medications that you take and doctors you see.
    • If you have a regular health care provider, write down the insurance plan(s) they accept. Call your provider’s office if you are unsure.)
  • Learn about health insurance coverage and terms. “Deductible,” “co-payments” and “coverage period” are terms that affect your options. If you need more information about how health insurance works, visit nyc.gov/hilink.

Get Ready to Sign Up for Health Insurance Flyer (PDF)
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Health Insurance and Care Options for Immigrants (PDF)
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For additional information and help with enrolling, visit Get Covered NYC or New York State of Health.

Low- or no-cost health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace

Medicaid

Medicaid is a health insurance program for low income individuals, families and children. You may be eligible for Medicaid if you have high medical bills, if you meet certain financial requirements or if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Children and adults can apply for health insurance year-round. Visit Get Covered NYC, or call 311.

People who are 65 years and older and those who are, living with a disability or are visually impaired can also apply for Medicaid year-round. Visit Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind and Disabled.

Child Health Plus (CHP)

Your child may be eligible for Child Health Plus (CHP) depending on your family income. CHP is a health insurance program for children under the age of 19 and is available regardless of immigration status. Enrollment is available year-round through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Visit Get Covered NYC, or call 311.

The Essential Plan

The Essential Plan (EP) is a new health insurance program for low income individuals who are not eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. You may be eligible for the EP for as little as $0 or $20 per month depending on your family income. Enrollment is available year-round through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Visit Get Covered NYC, or call 311.

Qualified Health Plan

Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) are private health insurance plans available on the New York State of Health Marketplace. You may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for a QHP. You can enroll in a QHP during the Open Enrollment Period or a Special Enrollment Period. The open enrollment period ends January 31, 2019. If you have a qualifying life event such as a change in your family or income or the loss of health insurance, you may be eligible for a special enrollment period. Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods. Visit Get Covered NYC, or call 311.

New York City's Early Intervention Program

Do you have a child in New York City's Early Intervention Program? Your child may qualify for health insurance and other benefits even if you already have health coverage. Get more information about health benefits available to children in Early Intervention.

BigAppleRx

BigAppleRx is the City of New York’s official prescription discount card. Everyone is eligible to get the BigAppleRx card. You can use the free BigAppleRx card to get discounts on nearly all FDA-approved prescription medications at more than 2,000 NYC pharmacies. You can also save on over-the-counter medications such as smoking cessation aids and diabetic supplies as long as you have a valid prescription. You do not need health insurance and do not need to apply for it. Visit BigAppleRx to print out your FREE discount card, check how much you can save on your medication, and find participating pharmacies in the five boroughs.