Get Covered New York reaches Uninsured New Yorkers in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant

Posted August, 23 2013 by carrie


Tasha Williams, left, of NYC for Action volunteered at the Get Covered New York booth Sunday in Harlem.

Today’s post comes from guest blogger Lois Uttley, of Raising Women’s Voices

Get Covered New York was out in force last weekend at events in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn.

More than 30 volunteers from NYC for Action and Greater NYC for Change neighborhood groups turned out for the final weekend of Harlem Week, a busy street fair. The Get Covered New York booth, located at the corner of 135th and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, featured handouts explaining the new coverage options becoming available through the NYS Health Benefits Exchange starting October 1. These handouts include a link to Get Covered New York’s new website,, where consumers can sign up to be notified when enrollment starts.

“It was a wonderful weekend that gave us the opportunity to talk to hundreds of uninsured people,” said Aliza Lederer-Plaskett, Community Organizer for Raising Women’s Voices-NY, who managed logistics for the events with help from Tasha Williams of NYC for Action. Get Covered New York also tabled at Bedford-Stuyvesant Pride, which took place in Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King Park and reached LGBT people.

Nearly 200 people filled out Get Covered New York postcards that will be mailed to them in September explaining how and where they can apply for the new coverage.