City opens new insurance center in LIC
by Meghan Sackman
Dec 15, 2017 | 490 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured is Betsy Pavon of the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (left) and Dr. Sonia Angell of the Health Department outside the new health insurance enrollment center in Long Island City.
Pictured is Betsy Pavon of the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (left) and Dr. Sonia Angell of the Health Department outside the new health insurance enrollment center in Long Island City.
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The city last week opened a new health insurance enrollment center in Long Island City. Located at Queensboro Plaza, the center is the third GetCoveredNYC enrollment center in Queens.

GetCoveredNYC was started in 2016 to help city residents obtain health insurance, with specialists helping individuals from a wide range of incomes figure out which insurance plan is best for them.

“We want you to know that it’s easy to enroll,” said Regina Schwartz, director of the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit. “Eight out of ten people qualify during open enrollment for financial assistance, and for many New Yorkers it’s low to no cost.”

Schwartz said this is an important time to fight for coverage for every New Yorker should have.

“The federal government is trying its hardest to keep you from getting the insurance and the health care that you deserve,” she said. “We should continue fighting for our rights, and the best way to do that is to enroll in health insurance.”

Last year 600,000 New Yorkers were without health insurance, and although 46,000 of those individuals have received coverage since the start of open enrollment in November, there is still a lot that needs to be done.

“No New Yorker should be uninsured,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the Health Department. “It’s critical now more than ever that residents understand health insurance options and they get access to coverage.

“But what is really important to know is that regardless of your immigration status, we’re still here to serve all New Yorkers,” she added. “So those opportunities are at your fingertips.”

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is open enrollment until January 31. To make an appointment or learn more, New Yorkers can call 311, text CoveredNYC to 877877, or visit NYC.gov/ACA.

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