Navigator Grant Helps to Enroll Uninsured in NY Health Plans

SSW received a five-year grant to provide assistance and information to New Yorkers about health insurance coverage options and help the uninsured enroll in a New York health plan under the Affordable Care Act. The School is one of 38 subcontractors to the non-profit Community Service Society of New York — and the only School of Social Welfare in this group — to receive funds from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Nine UAlbany MSW students have been hired to serve as navigators in the following counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene. Each is employed approximately nine hours per week, working at designated sites that include hospitals, community health centers, and nonprofit organizations.

SSW navigators help individuals and small employers in these counties understand coverage options offered through New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace, as well as determine their eligibility for financial assistance, tax credits, and Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance. The Health Plan Marketplace began enrolling consumers and small employers in new coverage options on Oct. 1, 2013, with health coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, call 518-442-3854, email NavigatorUAlbany@albany.edu or visit NY State of Health.