December 18, 2021

Please share the information (below) with care coordinators and other staff who assist care recipients with coordination of their benefits, or those who may not (currently) be insured but want to enroll for coverage through the NYS Health Insurance Exchange (the NY State of Health).  

UPDATE:  NYS has extended the deadline to enroll in insurance coverage through New York State of Health (NYSOH) for a January 1 start date. Applicants who enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) on the NYSOH exchange between now and December 31, 2021 can still get a Jan. 1, 2022 coverage start date.    After December 31, New Yorkers can still enroll in a QHP until January 31, 2022, but the coverage start date will be later.

As always, if you have clients who need help enrolling into health insurance, you or they call 1-888-614-5400 to be connected to an insurance navigator. Community-based enrollment agencies are also available throughout the state (more info here).  Finally, if a client or prospective client you are working with is having trouble using their mental health and/or substance use disorder health insurance benefits, or they need help finding treatment, please give them the number for the CHAMP Helpline:  CHAMP Helpline:  1-888-614-5400 

Email:  ombuds@oasas.ny.gov   Helpline Hours:  Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.