Welcome to the NY Health Access website!
This site is intended to serve as a constantly evolving resource for advocates, caregivers, and consumers on public health insurance programs in New York State.
What this site isn't
There are some types of questions this site can't answer. Here are some examples, and where to go:
Health insurance programs outside of New York State
The advocates who author this site are all experts on New York State health programs, but these programs vary tremendously from state to state. For information about public health insurance programs (and other public benefits) outside of New York, try these websites:
- BenefitsCheckUp - This site, a service of the National Council On Aging, can screen for eligibility for a wide range of different benefit programs across the country.
- National Health Law Program -- a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. Through litigation, policy advocacy, and training, NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.
- LawHelp - This site provides referrals to legal services organizations across the country, and includes many excellent self-help guides. In addition to health insurance issues, this site includes a wide range of legal issues. LawHelp also has a fantastic site for legal issues and referrals within New York State; see http://lawhelp.org/NY.
- Kaiser Family Foundation - extensive resources about Medicaid and Long Term Care
This site doesn't provide a lot of information about Medicare, because there are already some fantastic websites that provide comprehensive information about Medicare. However, we do have some NY-specific information that can't be found elsewhere, as well as information that may be more useful for advocates.
Non-Health Insurance Issues
If you're looking for information about non-health insurance issues, this is not the right website for you. For questions about Social Security, SSDI, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Benefits, public assistance, food stamps, and other public benefits, try these excellent resources:
What does this site contain?
There are three different types of information on this site: Articles, Downloads, and Glossary.
- Articles - If you click on the Knowledgebase button, you will be on the Articles side of the site. These are articles written by the advocates behind this site. They include general overviews of different public health insurance programs, step-by-step explanations of applying for those programs, advocacy tips on resolving common problems, and more.
- Downloads - You access these by clicking on the Downloads button. This area contains documents uploaded by the advocates behind the site. Many are directives or bulletins from government agencies regarding the operation of public health insurance programs. Some are forms, sample letters, training materials, advocacy memos, etc.
- Glossary - Click on the Glossary button to see a list of terms used on this site, with definitions and sometimes links for more information. Whenever you see a term colored red used in an article, you can click on it to see the definition without switching to the Glossary.
How do I find what I'm looking for?
There are several different ways to access the information you're looking for on this site.
- Search - This is the easiest, most straightforward way. Just type a word or phrase in the Search box relating to what you're looking for and click Go. This will return a list of Articles and Downloads that match your search terms. Note that search terms must be four characters or longer to return any results.
- Advanced Search - Above the Search box is a link for Advanced Search. This lets you closely tailor your search, filtering by a variety of different options.