GetCoveredNYC, the citywide program, provides free live support to help uninsured New Yorkers understand their eligibility and the enrollment process.

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Uninsured New Yorkers still have a few weeks to sign up for health insurance coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period which ends on January 31, 2018. New Yorkers can apply online or for those who are a little less-tech-savvy the city has got you covered thanks to the GetCoveredNYC initiative that launched in 2016.

GetCoveredNYC is a citywide program that provides free live support to help applicants to understand their eligibility and assists them throughout the enrollment process on more than 40 sites all across the city. They can also help with SNAP benefits (food stamps). Thanks to the initiative, New Yorkers – regardless of income or immigration status – can enroll in low- or no-cost quality insurance through the New York State of Health marketplace.

The health department just opened two new locations in South Brooklyn, adding to the four existing ones in Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Bushwick and Midwood.

Unless otherwise noted, counselors at each of the below locations in Central Brooklyn are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm:

Bushwick Health Center
335 Central Avenue, 1st Floor
(718) 573-4829 | (718) 573-4978
Crown Heights Health Center
1218 Prospect Place
1st Floor
(718) 953-8234 | (718) 953-8232
(718) 953-8233
Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension
5th Floor
(718) 643-4463 | (718) 643-4467
(718) 643-3410 | (718) 643-4420
Homecrest Health Center
1601 Avenue S
1st Floor
(718) 336-2553 x129, 144, 150, 153

To enroll onsite, applicants must bring:

  • Social Security number or Tax ID number (preferably the document itself and the Social Security number of any dependents or others in the household who will be included in coverage).
  • Proof of income (any of the following): Bank statement, work paystub, W-2s,  income tax returns, letter from employer, letter from landlord, public assistance/benefits letter or paperwork
  • Proof of residence (any of the following): lease, cable/phone/utility bill, letter from landlord, mail addressed to applicant from city agency/university/other official entity

New Yorkers have until January 31, 2018 to enroll in a health insurance plan. For more information and to learn more about the different health insurance options, go here.

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