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SSW Navigators Help Uninsured Enroll in New York Health Plans

Community Healthcare NavigatorsThe School of Social Welfare received a five-year grant to provide assistance and information about health-insurance coverage options and help New York’s uninsured select and enroll in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act. UAlbany is the only School of Social Welfare in New York State to receive a grant under this statewide program. Nine masters of social work students have been hired to serve as navigators in the following five counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene. Read more about this story from the Albany Times Union and the UAlbany News Center.

The 2014 deadline is April 15th to enroll in a health insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act. Only those eligible for government programs such as Medicaid and Child Health Plus or have a life changing event, i.e. loss of job, will be able to enroll after this date. Our navigators assist individuals and small businesses with signing up for health insurance through the New York State Marketplace. For details or to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations, call (518) 442-3854, email, or download the Navigator flyer. For additional information:

A recent press conference with key leaders including Congressman Paul Tonko featured the work of the navigators and related efforts to enroll the uninsured. See

New York Community Trust Grant to Fund Scholarships for the BSW Child Welfare Scholarship Program

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Program offers professional pathway for students

The Social Work Education Consortium (SWEC), led by UAlbany School of Social Welfare, has been awarded a grant for $25,000 for five scholarships to the statewide BSW Child Welfare Scholarship Program. Students receive the scholarship in the senior year of their program, complete their field placement in a child welfare agency, and take a specialized child welfare practice course. The students make a two-year work commitment to the agency, which in turn makes a commitment to hire the student upon graduation.

This statewide scholarship program recognizes the critical importance of a well-prepared professional workforce in providing essential services to vulnerable children and families.