Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

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WHITE PLAINS – Free assistance is available to help residents and small businesses enroll or renew their health coverage with NY State of Health, the official health plan Marketplace.

The Westchester County Department of Health Navigator Program offers in-person assistance in multiple languages at no charge.

The 2018 Open Enrollment period for the Marketplace began yesterday, Nov 1, and runs through Jan. 31 for all new applicants.

For health coverage to begin on Jan. 1, residents must enroll in a plan by Dec. 15.

Residents who are currently enrolled in the Marketplace should receive information about renewing their coverage for 2018 directly from NY State of Health. Open Enrollment for individuals renewing their health coverage begins on Nov. 16.

County residents wishing to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) can do so during the Open Enrollment period.

Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan and the Small Business Marketplace is available all year round.

The public can meet with Navigators at 24 sites across the county including health department offices, libraries, community based organizations and government agencies. Weekday, evening and weekend hours are available.

For more information on navigator services, locations or to schedule an appointment, call (914) 995-6350 or email hnav@westchestergov.com.

To learn more about health coverage, go to www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777.

The NY State of Health customer service hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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