Expanding Health Care Coverage

Project Title

New York Benefit Exchange Education and Enrollment Program

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Date Awarded

January 29, 2015


Central NY





More than 1 million individuals have enrolled in public and private coverage through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

Consumer assistance has played a critical role in helping previously uninsured individuals understand their health insurance options and apply for coverage—in New York alone, fully half of all those who enrolled in coverage relied on in-person assistance. Significant work remained to eliminate barriers to coverage for more than 1 million New Yorkers who remained uninsured and to help those who did enroll renew their coverage. To complement the State’s efforts to engage and enroll uninsured residents, NYHealth launched in 2014 a statewide enrollment network of community-based organizations to conduct education, outreach, enrollment, and referrals. These organizations directly reached populations known to be uninsured at disproportionately high rates: low-wage workers; immigrants; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers. NYHealth awarded AIDS Community Resources, Inc., (ACR Health) a grant in 2013 to participate in this initiative. NYHealth awarded ACR Health a second grant to continue these efforts in 2015.

With NYHealth funding, grantees of this initiative undertook a comprehensive range of consumer engagement activities and enrolled uninsured New Yorkers into coverage. Specifically, ACR Health provided outreach and educational activities to promote health insurance and provide enrollment assistance to the LGBTQ community in Central New York.

View a complete list of 2015 Enrollment Network grantees.