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Join me October 8: Learn what you need to know about Health Care Reform (and the new nystateofhealth exchange)

The Affordable Care Act is now in effect across the country.  Here in New York, people can sign up for health insurance at a new marketplace, called “New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace.”  The Marketplace now offers free or low-cost health insurance options for eligible New Yorkers – individuals, families, and small business owners; coverage will begin on January 1, 2014.

Come learn what the new federal health care law means for New Yorkers,
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street,  (bet. Lexington & Park)

Speakers: Marcia Okon, MCC Healthcare Exchange Counselor
Carrie Tracy, JD, Deputy Director, Health Initiatives, and
Alice Yaker, Director of Community Outreach
Moderated by Senator Liz Krueger

Counselors will be there to make an appointment
to assist you with enrollment.
Please RSVP to Susannah: spasquan AT or 212-490-9535

Find out if you’re eligible, how to apply, what benefits and plan options are available, details on financial aid to help pay qualified New Yorkers’ insurance premiums, and details on tax credits for small businesses.

The Marketplace will tell you if you are eligible for free or low-cost insurance.  Free coverage will be provided through Medicaid for eligible adults and through Child Health Plus for children.  Tax credits will help reduce or eliminate premiums for many others.  The Marketplace will help reduce premiums and help you determine which private insurance plan is right for you, and how much financial assistance is available to reduce the cost of coverage.

For New Yorkers who already have health insurance through their employer, you can choose to keep your job-based insurance or get financial assistance to buy insurance on the marketplace if your present costs are more than 9.5% of your income.


Congressmember Carolyn Maloney;

State Senators Brad Hoylman & Jose Serrano;

Assembly Members Dick Gottfried, Brian Kavanagh, & Dan Quart;

Council Members Dan Garodnick, Jessica Lappin, & Rosie Mendez;

Community Boards 5, 6, & 8;

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House;

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce;

& New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage

For more information, please visit or email

You can also visit the Community Service Society’s help site and click on “Access to Health Care,” or call them at 1-888-614-5400.