Just a quick note to let you know that due to a larger than expected number of registrations, the location for tomorrow’s Capital District/Northern NY outreach and enrollment summit has been changed. The new location will be:
155 Washington Avenue, between Dove and Lark, Albany, NY
(There is only street parking at this location)
All other details remain the same. The event will still be taking place this Friday, September 20th from 10 am to 1 pm. Anybody who has already registered for the event should have gotten a notice of the location change emailed to them already. If anyone has any questions about the event or the new location, please contact the event coordinators at Sara.Couch@1199funds.org or
Registration for the statewide regional enrollment summits for the NY State of Health insurance marketplace is now open! This is a joint effort between the NY State of Health team and various community groups (including HCFANY) to get information out on the new insurance marketplace that will be opening on October 1, to hear about best practices for enrollment, and to plan outreach on a regional level.
These events are free to attend and registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Health advocacy groups, navigators, community groups, hospitals and health care institutions, unions, brokers, health plans and small business representatives are encouraged to register to attend the summit in your local area. We hope to see you there!
*PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A NEW LOCATION FOR THE SEPTEMBER 20TH EVENT IN ALBANY – 1199 SEIU, 155 WASHINGTON AVE (BETWEEN LARK AND DOVE), ALBANY, NY
Today’s post comes to us from guest bloggers Bob Cohen and Stephen Greenberg of Citizen Action of New York
We’re nearly a month away from the beginning of enrollment in the New York health insurance exchange and we couldn’t be more excited about the potential we have to cover over a million more New Yorkers! The exchange – recently named “NY State of Health”- will be enrolling individuals and small businesses beginning on October 1st. HCFANY and other stakeholder groups across the state are teaming up with the Exchange to hold regional events to make sure that as many New Yorkers as possible know about this critical opportunity to get affordable health coverage.
We’re facing a big challenge: there are currently over 2 million New Yorkers without coverage; most can benefit from the plans being offered by NY State of Health (including Medicaid and other public programs) – and they all need to know about it. In order to reach this goal, the state has hired navigators to assist people with the enrollment process. However, if community groups and other stakeholders – from hospitals to health plans to unions – all do their part to get the word out, we have a much better chance of succeeding!
We encourage everyone to attend the appropriate summit for your region of the state, so we can share our best outreach and enrollment practices and coordinate our efforts. (Navigators are especially encouraged to attend!)
Here is a listing of dates and regions where the summits are being held.
- September 16 – Buffalo: (1pm – 4pm) 1199SEIU, 2421 Main Street, Buffalo NY, 14214. To register, contact Bill Covington at email@example.com or call (716) 995-3705
- September 16 – Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island (NYC): (1pm – 4pm) 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, 25 Elm Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201. To register, contact Marcelle Dinall at Marcelle.Dinall@1199funds.org or call (646) 473-8485
- September 18 – Utica/Syracuse: (1pm – 4pm) 1199SEIU Headquarters, 250 South Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY, 13202. To register, contact Victoria Coit at (315) 706-9548 or Victoria.Coit@1199funds.org
- September 20 – Capital District/Northern NY: (10am – 1pm) SUNY, Milne Hall, Room 200, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY. 1199 SEIU, 155 Washington Ave (between Lark and Dove), Albany, NY Click here to register.
- September 23 – Nassau/Suffolk (Long Island): (10 am – 1 pm) 1199 SEIU Headquarters, 100 Duffy Avenue, Suite 3W, Hicksville, NY, 11801. To register, contact Luis Valenzuela at Luis.Valenzuela@1199funds.org
- September 23 – Bronx/Manhattan (NYC): (2pm – 5pm) GNYHA, 555 West 57th Street, 15th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10019. To register, contact Karina Prendergast at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 258-5356.
- September 24 – Rochester: (1pm – 4pm) Memorial Art Gallery (MAG), 500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. To register, contact Kim Wynn at (585) 613-7662 or email@example.com
- September 25 – Mid-Hudson: (1pm – 4pm) Crowne Plaza, 3 Executive Blvd., Suffern, New York 10901. To register, contact Marisel Stuck at (914) 372-2251 or Marisel.Stuck@hcheq.org
Edited for updates on 9/6/13
A few weeks ago, New York held its first statewide enrollment summit for the New York State Health Benefit Exchange. The purpose of this invitation-only event was twofold: to update stakeholders on the State’s progress and plans, and to gather feedback on how to maximize outreach and enrollment.
Along with Exchange officials, we also heard from DDB and Ketchum, the two firms hired for the state’s media outreach campaign, Enroll America, and from an enrollment panel of brokers, facilitated enrollers, and advocates. And, thanks to 1199 SEIU’s Health Care Education Project, we have video available of these parts of the enrollment summit. This footage is broken into three parts, the first of which is above. Click here for part 2 and part 3.
The afternoon section focused on a break out session where the summit attendees were asked for their feedback on a number of questions primarily around existing exchange materials and a series of upcoming regional enrollment summits that will be held around the state. Given the nature of these breakouts in different rooms, there is no video available. However, I can report back that this was a highly interactive process and that each breakout group had members of the exchange staff there to take notes and ask questions. Some highlights from my group included the need for input from non-English speaking people (not just bilingual), and appropriate materials in other languages. Feedback collected at this event will go into producing the regional variations which are expected to happen in September.
More on those later. We’ll keep you posted!