NY State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services announced that New York State will make a Special Enrollment Period available to New Yorkers during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, and directly through insurers.

This step is being taken in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency to further protect the public health of New Yorkers.

Special Enrollment Information

The open enrollment period for insurance coverage in 2020 previously ended on February 7, 2020 and is now open for new enrollment.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Individuals who enroll in Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health or directly through insurers between March 16 and April 15, 2020 will have coverage effective starting April 1, 2020.
  • During this Special Enrollment Period, NYS is allowing applications to be completed on the phone with an application counselor instead of in person.
  • Those eligible for other NY State of Health programs (Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus) can enroll year-round.

We’re Here to Help

Catholic Health’s NYS Certified Application Counselors are available to assist you with the application process. Our counselors will assess your eligibility for health insurance coverage through federal or state programs and help you determine the best options for you and/or your family.

To have one of our application counselors assist you with your phone application or to answer questions you may have regarding your eligibility to re-apply, please call us at (716) 601-3600 and select “option 2.” 


Additional Resources

  • You are also able to apply for Insurance Coverage through NY State of Health online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by calling 1-855-355-8777.
  • Coverage approval is based on criteria submitted to NYS. To view more information, click here.

For More Information Call (716) 601-3600; Option 2

For More Information
Call (716) 601-3600; Option 2